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February 1999 
THE WORLD'S #1 KNIFE PUBLICATION 



1 2 Sharpest Show In The West 

Experience it and the '98 BLADEhandmade™ winners. By Steve Shackleford 

34 See Me, Feel Me 

Pick the most attractive and comfortable handle for you. By "Lack Barken 

44 Cobalt-Carbide-Crystal Cutter 

Inspect the performance punch of a rust-resistant package. By MSC Kim Breed 

48 Develop Your Own Unique Knifemaking Style 

It's a lifelong process of trial and error. By Wayne Goddard 

50 Knives You're Gonna Use 

Digest Dan Warren's down-home approach to knifemaking. By Mike Haskew 

56 How To Sharpen A Knife Anywhere, Anytime 

Be prepared to adapt to whatever situations dictate. By Ld howler 

60 Stopping Anti- Knife Laws Before They Start 

You can nip oppressive legislation in the bud. By Mike Haskew 

70 Smooth Operators: It's All In The Pivot 

Unlock the key to state-of-the-art folder action. By Joe Kertznuin 

78 Worldwide Web Of Spyderco 

Gel the inside story on an industry leader. By Joe Kertzmim 

112 Selective Heat-Treatment: 
The Whole Enchilada 

Do it safely, step-by-step, in The $50 Knife Shop. By Wayne Goddard 

115 Ceramic Blades: Godsend Or Gimmick? 

Kitchen, sporting or tactical, ceramics may surprise you. By David £ Steele 

125 Rarest Lovelesses Of Them All? 

Feast your eyes on Bob's never-before-published knives. By Steve Shackleford 

130 A Bit Of Blade Whimsy 

Eyeball Russell Klingbeil's off-lhe-cuff period piece. By BLADE© staff 



iBLADE SPOTLIGHT 




• 6 Unsheathed 
6 Cover Story 
1 Readers Respond 
21 The Knife I Carry 
30 What's Hot & Where 
46 Knifemaker Showcase 

183 Blade Shoppe 
98 Blade List 

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99 Classifieds 
104 What's New 

108 Ad Index 

109 Show Calendar 

1 10 Your Knife Rights 
114 Where To Get 'Em 
122 Handmade Gallery 
129 Next Time In BLADE® 



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This issue's story by Mike H askew on 
how to stop anti-knife legislation 
before it starts is a must read if you're 
serious about protecting your knife 
rights. It outlines the kinds of 
approaches you must practice and the 
mindset you must have to fight the anti- 
knifers on their own level, which may be 
the only way to effectively combat and 
eventually overcome those who would 
lake your knives away. 

As Roger Combs, new public rela- 
tions director of the American Knife and 
Tool Institute (AKTI), points out. 
"You've got to be prepared, know what 
you're talking about and play politics, 
(The anti-knifers) will roast you alive if 
you don't." The anti-knifers have politi- 
cal clout and money, and the legislators 
listen to them. "So we, the knife using, 
making, buying and selling public, have 
to become lobbyists in such cases," 
Combs stresses. 

The National Rifle Association has 
had an extremely powerful lobby in 
Washington for years and is the model 
thai the AKTI eventually would like to 
emulate, albeit with a more shrewd 
political approach. Question is, how 
does the knife community create such a 
lobby? 

The best way to start is through a 

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grass-roots movement. And that begins 
with you. Whether it's a pro-knife lobby 
or even a cutlery magazine or knife 
show, the person who makes it work is 
the so-called little guy, the "Joe Blade." 
if you will, of the cutlery community. 

Before you turn the page and say, 
"This isn't another one of those sis- 
boom-bah, rally-round-the-flag columns, 
is it?" consider this: According to 
Comhs, the AKTI is in the midst of a 
membership drive and the results so far 
have been less than encouraging. Have 
you joined the AKTI yet or are you 
waiting for ''someone else" to protect 
your knife rights for you? If you're wait- 
ing for someone else to do it. you might 
as well kiss your blade babies bye-bye, 
because "someone else" just won't get it 
done. 

You've been asking for an equivalent 
of the NRA for the knife industry and 
now you've got an organization that's 
trying to do it. It can't help you if you 
don't help it. 

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Shining like new pennies are the gold, 
anodized stripes machined length- 
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Dower's large folder, which graces the 
cover of this issue. 

Beneath that golden exterior is a 
"Dozier Lock" folder with the working 
mechanisms of a fine. Swiss watch. "I 
can make the blade any shape I want, 
because 1 don't have a stop pin behind 
the blade." Dozier says. Me offers the 
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to fit the space available. 



Blame The Person, Not The Story 

I re ad Ed Fowler's "Media Madness Is 
Killing Our Country" in the November 
1988 BLADE® with a combination of 
anger and dismay. I would've laughed 
except that his distorted view of reality 
and the role of the media in society is 
shared by so many otherwise thoughtful 
people. 

I've been a wire service news 
reporter and editor for more than 25 
years. I've been a knife owner and 
collector even longer. I have a small 
collection and am never without a knife 
in my pocket. 

The idea of a rating system for news 
is too bizarre to discuss. The First 
Amendment is clear on government 
intervention in free speech. 

However, Fowler is rightly incensed 
at those who blame the instrument 
rather than the user. I strongly believe 
the old axiom that it's people, not knives 
or guns, who kill people. 



"If you can't blame 

the knife, you can't 

blame the news story. 



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Fowler wants the reader to accept 
that, yet in the next breath wants the 
reader to believe that a news story on a 
crime committed with a knife is responsi- 
ble for doing damage to the cutlery 
community in general, rather than the 
person misusing the knife. 

The media reports what it thinks 
people are interested in, and people are 
interested in what happens to their 
fellow citizens, good or bad. If all the 
media reported was "the good news of 
America," it would be out of business in 
a week. Most media outlets fulfill 
Fowler's desire for good news, but the 
media would be shirking its ethical 
responsibilities to ignore the bad. 

Fowler can't have it both ways. If you 
can't blame the knife, you can't blame 
the news story. Both are inanimate 
objects with no power of their own. It 



takes a bad person to misuse a knife, and 
it takes a bad person to read a news story 
and then use it as an excuse to commit a 



Bill Schiffmann, Antioch, California 
Knives In The Navy 

I must take small issue with the state- 
ment. "In World War II, virtually 
every U.S. Navy sailor was issued a 
sheath knife," in "Swabbie Steel" of the 
August '98 BLADE. I was a swab jockey 
during that war. Not only was I not 
issued a sheath knife. I don't remember 
ever seeing anyone with a sheath knife. 1 
do know that Sea-Bees were given 
sheath knives. My collection includes 
several of those pieces: a 4 1/4- inch -blade 
Cattaraugus: a Cattaraugus 225Q; a 
Kinfolks/U.S.A; a Pal RH 34; and a 
Mark II Ka-Bar. 

Later in the story, the statement is 
made that. "By World War II, the Navy 
no longer issued jackknives to sailors," 
Actually, 1 was issued a small jackknife. 
During 1944, several hundred of us were 
re-equipped with new clothing, 
hammocks, etc., and we each received a 
jackknife. 1 have no idea if all the knives 
were the same make but mine is marked 
IMPERIAL/PROV. R.I. on the large 
blade and U.S.A. on the small one. The 
scales are black and have shrunk a bit (I 
still have the knife), and there's a bale on 
the handle. This was my only knife for 
some 20 years. It's now retired (as am I). 

Robert G. Schipf, Missoula, Montana 

A Vote For SAKs 

In regard to your article on "The Most 
Important 25 Knives in BLADE 
History" in the October '98 issue, I 
noticed one type of knife that was promi- 
nently absent: the Swiss Army knife! 
Even those furthest removed from the 
blade world know what a Swiss Army 
knife is. In your article you mentioned 
the Leatherman Tool as being "the 
American Swiss Army knife," but you 
failed to give the SAK itself any recogni- 
tion. Admittedly, I may not be well- 



versed in the finer points of knife collect- 
ing or production, but wasn't the Swiss 
Army knife the inspiration for many of 
today's popular tool knives? Though, in 
general, I agree with the selections made 
in the article, 1 feel that Swiss Army 
knives and their manufacturers (Victori- 
nox and Wenger) should've received at 
least an honorable mention. 

Chris Sew, kewzoo@aol.com 

Editor's note: You're right, Chris, the 
Swiss Army knife is undoubtedly one of 
the most important knives of all time. The 
reason we didn't include it is that the 
knives in the list are, basically, those 
made during, or inspired in close proxim- 
ity to, BLADE'S 25-year history. The first 
SAK was made in the late 19th century. 

Setting The Record Straight 

In the "What's Hot & Where" of the 
October *98 BLADE entitled, "Hand- 
made Folders Sizzle In the Sunny South- 
west," some information was used out of 
context that was attributed to me. The 
two knives that Plaza Cutlery sold very 
quickly made by Phill Hartsfield came in 
on consignment from a customer and not 
from Phill, as he sells just about every- 
thing he makes. In the article, it appears 
that those two knives came from Phill to 
our store to sell on consignment, which 
wasn't the case. 

Phill works very hard to please his 
customers, who have nothing but respect 
for, and loyalty to. him. He doesn't need 
to put knives in stores on consignment 
that customers are waiting to buy. In my 
15 years of owning the California 
Custom Knife Show (now BLADE Show 
West) I know, as buying customers were 
always around his table for the three 
days of the show. 

Also, there was another quote in the 
story to the effect that you must wait five 
years to get a Hartsfield knife. This is 
incorrect, Phill delivers in two years and 
you can order as many of his knives or 
swords as you can afford. 

Daniel C. Delavan, Plaza Cutlery, Costa 
Mesa, California tfu3x 



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A resurgent event 

crowns the '98 

BLADEhandmade 

winners and 

enjoys its best 

run in years 



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FEBRUARY 99 



1998 BLADEhandmade 
Best In Show 
Charles Weiss 

Pattern: Searles bowie 

Blade: 440-C 

Handle: Ebony w/394 sterling silver 

pins 

Fittings: 416 stainless 

Overall Length: 14 1/2" 

Maker's List Price: $3,500 

*The same piece also tied for '98 

BLADEhandmade Best Fixed Blade. 

1998 BLADEhandmade 
Beat In Show 

Van Harnett 

Pattern: Art knife 

Title: Living Proof 

Blade: Nitre-blued nickel damascus 

Handle: Carved fossil walrus ivory 

Embellishments: 14k-yellow-gold 

inlay, carved ivory roses 

Maker's List Price: Sold for $7,800 

*The same piece also tied for '98 

BLADEhandmade Best Handmade 

Art Knife. 

1998 BLADEhandmade 
Best In Show 
Barry Gallagher 

Pattern: Damascus gent's folder 
Title: Queen Bee 

Blade: 300 pattern-welded. 24k-gold 
plated layers of 15n20 and 1084 
Handle: Same as above w/abalone & 
mother-of-pearl "queen bee" 
Embellishments: Six opal, three 
diamond & two garnet inlays 
Closed Length: 4 1/8" 
Maker's List Price: Sold for $5,000 
*The same piece also tied for '98 
BLADEhandmade Best Handmade 
Art Knife. 



One of several show seminars was the 
forging demonstration by Red St. Cyr 
(right) and Al Barton (not shown). The two 
resulting knives will be donated to the ABS 
for the ABS auction at the 1999 BLADE 
Show 4 International Cutlery Fair. 



By Steve Shacklehrd 

Bustling crowds with bulging wallets, 
significant knife sales and. perhaps 
the best sign of all, lots of smiling 
faces indicated that the recent 1998 
BLADE Show West in Costa Mesa. Cali- 
fornia, enjoyed its most successful run since 
Krause Publications bought the event from 
Dan and Pam Detavan three years ago. 

Why the show was better is anybody's 
guess. Reasons include increased advertis- 
ing in national and local media; an 
improved California economy; a wide 
range of exhibiting national and interna- 
tional big-name and fledgling makers, both 
custom and factory: the local populace 
acclimating to the show being in Septem- 
ber; and the change of the show title from 
California Custom Knife Show to BLADE 
Show West, letting the locals know that 
BLADE Magazine® and Krause Publica- 
tions are dedicated to the future of the 
show in the California area. 

Whatever the reasons, lots of people 
were buying and lots of makers were sell- 
ing knives. 

Examples: veteran maker Joe Huddles- 
ton sold a $7,000 Scottish dirk; South 
Africa's Andre de Villiers sold 16 out of 18 
knives; long-time maker Bill Herndon said 
it was the best Friday for knife sales he'd 
ever had at the show; and newcomer Milt 





Choate, exhibiting at his first-ever knife 
show, sold seven pieces all at once to one 
dealer. 

Though there were exceptions — as 
there are at every knife show — most 
makers went home with money in their 
pockets, and a substantial number did 
extremely well. 

"There was a resurgence of California 
collectors' interest in custom knives at the 
show," purveyor Gary Shaw pointed out. 
"I had a big day on Friday — people came 
in and bought custom knives for up to 
around $2,000 each— but I still sold knives 
on Saturday and Sunday, too. That was 
impressive. 1 was pleasantly surprised." 
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"Some said it was the 

best Friday they'd ever 

had at this show." 

— Ernie Emerson 

"If a maker didn't do well at the show, I 
don't think he brought the 'right stuff,' 
because a lot of knives were being sold," 
award-winning maker Charles Weiss 
offered. "I brought expensive and inexpen- 
sive knives and I sold both." 

One of the show's drawing cards is the 
exotic nature of its selection of makers. 
"What's unique about BLADE Show 
West," Shaw said, "is that it has interesting 
custom makers that aren't at other shows. 
such as Joe Girtner, Glenn Waters and 
Andre de Villiers." Another attraction is 
the many young and talented makers who 
seem to be coming out of the woodwork 
these days. "I was surprised to see a lot of 
the newer knifemakers selling fairly well," 
ABS master smith Tim Hancock observed, 
"and in the reasonably mid-range prices, 
too— $400 up lo $1,000." 

All in all, it was a banner year for the 
show and its participants. "As far as I was 
concerned, it was a great show," tactical- 
maker Ernie Emerson noted. "Some 
exhibitors said it was the best Friday (as far 
as sales were concerned) they'd ever had at 
this show." 

"It was an extremely good show. I 
would rate it in the top three shows in the 
country," ABS master smith Al Barton 
said. "There was great interest in the 
knives and a good public turnout. I think 
it's an outstanding show and I see a big 
future for it." 

On the factory side, Rod Bremer of 
Columbia River Knife & Tool was upbeac 
about the show and its future. "It was a real 
good opportunity to get in front of more 
retail consumers and to promote our line 
for our Southern California dealers," he 
noted. "On a smaller scale, I expect it to 
eventually be a mini-version of the 'real- 
meal deal' in Atlanta (the BLADE Show 
& International Cutlery Fair, which will be 
June 11-13, 1999, at the Cobb Galleria 
Centre), where all the big distributors and 



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BLADE Show West 

retailers show up and new customers come 
in lo look at new product." 

Meanwhile, the BLADE Show West 
continued its reputation for innovative 
knife awards and cutlery instructionals. 
For the third year, the show hosted the 
crowning of BLADE Magazine's® annual 
BLADEhandmade™ Awards, and a 
complete slate of knife seminars was also 
presented. 

In a tender moment, a popular new 
honor — the Bob Engnath Award for the 
best new knifemaker at the show — was 
presented by Mrs. Stevie Engnath on 
behalf of the show to third-year maker 
Richard Rogers. Named after Stevie's iate 
husband, a long-time maker, author and 
guru to many cutlers, the award will be an 
annual honor given at the show. 

BLADEhandmade Awards 

The BLADEhandmade Awards program 
singles out the makers who excel at 




On behalf of BLADE Show West, Stevie 
Engnath (left) presents the Bab Engnath 
Award to Richard Rogers. Named after 
Stevie's late husband, a long-time maker, 
author and guru to many cutlers, the 
award will be an annual honor given to 
the best new knifemaker at the show. 



winning custom knife awards at knife 
shows participating in the program over a 
calendar year, beginning and ending with 
the BLADE Show West. Shows partici- 
pating in the '98 awards program were the: 
Arkansas Custom Knife Show; East Coast 
Custom Knife Show; Badger Knife Show; 
Oregon Knife Collectors Association 
Show; BLADE Show & International 
Cutlery Fair; Southeastern Custom Knife 
Show; and BLADE Show West 



1998 BLADEhandmade 
Best Handforged Knife 

Harvey Dean 

Pattern: D-guard bowie 

Title: Manassas 

Blade: 384-layer pattern weld of O-l 

and 1095 

Handle: Walrus ivory 

Embellishments: 24k-gold inlay by 

Terry Theis 

Maker's List Price: n/a: sold at ABS 

auction at '98 BLADE Show 



1998 BLADEhandmade 
Best Handforged Knife 
Al Barton 

Pattern: Traditional bowie 

Blade: L6 

Handle: Iron wood w/ivory inlay, silica 

bronze pommel knob 

Special Features: All hand cut & hand 

finished 

Overall Length: 16 1/2" 

Maker's List Price: Sold for $2,500 





1998 BLADEhandmade 
Best Handforged Knife 
Tim Hancock 

Pattern: Sheffield-style D-guard bowie 

Blade: Forged 52100 

Handle: Walrus ivory 

Fillings: Iron & sterling silver inlaid 

w/s tripes 

Special Feature: Disassembles 

completely 

Maker's List Price: Sold for $3,500 




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Best Handmade Art Knife"' 
Joe Huddleston 

Pattern: Scottish dress dirk 

Title: Rob Roy dirk 

Blade: ATS-34 

Handle: Carved maple, miniature 

brooch handle 

Embellishments: Mounted w/six 

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Overall Length: 18" 

Maker's List Price: n/a 

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Best Of Show: Charles Weiss 

Best Fantasy Knife: Jean -Ma re Laroche 

Best Handforged Knife: Tim Hancock 

Best Handmade Art Knife: Joe Huddleston 

Best Fixed Blade: Charles Weiss 

Best Utility/Hunter: Red St. Cyr 

Best Overall Miniature: Charles Weiss 

Best Damascus Knife: Tim Hancock 

Best Fighter: Red St. Cyr 

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1998 BLADEhandmade 
Best Damascus Knife 

Rick Dunkerley 

Pattern: One-band gem's folder 

Tide: No. 7 Mosaic 

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1998 BLADEhandmade 
Best Damascus Knife 
Tim Hancock 

Pattern: Antique bowie repro 
Blade: 1084 & 15n20 damascus 
Handle: Ebony dog-bone style 
w/molher-of-pearl escutcheon 
Fittings: Nickel silver tang & butt 
wraps, threaded finial 
Sheath: Silver tip & throat on leather 
Maker's List Price: Sold for $4,500 



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A happy Doug Robs shows off his three- 
blade Case pocketknlfe, one of several 
door prizes given out during BLADE 
Show West. 



The awards are presented in 10 catego- 
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Art Knife; Best Fantasy Knife; Best Fixed 
Blade; Best Handforged Knife; Best Util- 
ity/Hunter; Best Damascus Knife; Best 
Fighter; Best Handmade Folder: and Best 
Overall Miniature, The winners (for exam- 
ples of their award-winning work, see the 
knives pictured with this story): 
1998 BLADEhandmade Best In Show: 
Van Barnett, Barry Gallagher and Joe 
Huddles ton; 

1998 BLADEhandmade Best Fantasy 
Knife: Virgil England; 
1998 BLADEhandmade Best Fixed Blade: 
Daniel Stephan, Kirk Rexroat and Charles 
Weiss; 

1998 BLADEhandmade Best Handforged 
Knife: Harvey Dean, Al Barton and Tim 
Hancock; 

1998 BLADEhandmade Best 
Utility/Hunter: Daniel Winkler and Red 
St. Cyr; 

1998 BLADEhandmade Best Damascus 
Knife: Rick Dunkerley, Shane Taylor and 
Thn Hancock; 

1998 BLADEhandmade Best Fighter: J.D. 
Smith, Tun Hancock and Red St, Cvn 
1998 BLADEhandmade Best Handmade 
Folder: Tony Bose and D.E." Olson; and 
1998 BLADEhandmade Best Overall 
Miniature: Yvon Vnchnn. 

The 1999 BLADEhandmade Awards 
program is in full swing. New knife shows 
joining those already mentioned are the 
Contemporary Metalwcrks Expo and the 
Arizona Knife Collectors Association 



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THE KNIFE I CARRY 



The knife I carry 
doesn 't hove a big 

name. My son bought ii 
for me. The best thing 
it's done for me was 
when I locked my keys 
in the air. 1 went into a 
store and bought a 
curtain rod. then used 
my knife's thickest 
blade to pry the ear 
window ant of the 
rubber strip. I inserted 
the curtain rod and hit 
the auto lock on the 
door, and was able to y y 
get into my ear. 

-Susan Goodman. 
Kingston , Tennessee 




'The knife I carry is a Ka-Bar No. 572 given me by my father one Christmas when I 
was 12 years old. I'm 84 now. " -John Jones Menaugh. Tenerile. Spain 




"As a journeyman plumber, I use my knives on a daily basis. My Gerber 
Multi-Plier is a valuable tool that's always strapped on my side. I also carry a 
Kershaw Ti ATS34. On hunting trips, I carry a knife made by my father, 
Cart Smith. " -Jay Smith, West Point. Utah 




Just tell us briefly what knife you 
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include a sharp photograph of 
you and your knife. We'll publish 
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Drawing to be held Nov. 15, 
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Show. The '99 awards will be presented at 
the BLADE Show West on Oct. 9, 1999. 
For information on how to participate in 
the program, contact BLADE, attn: T. 
Paar. 700 East State, Iola. Wl 54990 (715) 
445-2214. 

Seminars Sparkle 

The forging demonstration by Red St. Cyr 
and A) Barton was a popular new addition 
to the show seminar schedule, but it wasn't 
the only entry in the potpourri of instruc- 
tional and how-tos. Other seminars 
included: Why Knives Are NOT Primary 
Weapons, by BLADE field editor and 
ABS master smith Ed Fowler; Handle 
Construction Techniques: How The 
Experts Do It, by ABS master smith Tim 
Hancock; History Of The Sgian Dubh, 




Knifemakers Dave Ellis (left) and Michael 
Manabe take time out tram a busy show 
to display some of their latest blades. 

The Original Black Knife, by knifemaker 
Joe Huddleston; How To Sharpen A 
Knife, by BLADE field editor and ABS 
master smith Wayne Goddard; and Finn- 
ish Knives: Hot Future Collectibles, by 
knifemaker Eric Bergland. 

A delightful sidebar to the forging 
demonstration was the decision by St. Cyr 
and Barton and knifemakers Bill Hern don 
and Scott Taylor to build the two blades 
forged during the seminar into completed 
knives that they will donate to the ABS 
for the annual ABS Auction at next year's 
BLADE Show & International Cutlery 
Fair, Proceeds from the auction go toward 
funding the Bill Moran School Of Blades- 
mithing in Washington, Arkansas, the 
world's only such school. Forged from 3/4- 
inch-round 52100, the blades were ground 
and heat treated by Barton. Taylor and 
Hern don will add the guards and handles 
and finish the utility knives, one of which 
will be a full-tang model, the other a 
hidden -tang. 

For contact information for the knives in 
this story, see "Where To Get ^Em" on 
page 134. 

The knife pictures in this story were taken 
by Jim Weyer, Barry Gallagher and Dino 
Petrocelli, ej^de 

22 / BLADE 




1998 BLADE- 
handmade Best 
Fighter 
Red St Cyr 

Blade: 340 pattern welded 
layers of O-l, 1084 and Lft 
I hi n die: Elephant ivory 
Fittings: l-'orged 304slain- 
less guard; buttcap & 
300 



1998 BLADEhandmade 
Best Fighter 
J.D. Smith 

Pattern: Freneh-Renaissance-style 

dagger 

Title: Black Dove 

Blade; 10" long w/1.000 pattern - 

welded layers of 1095. O-l & mild 

steels 

I tandlc: Carved African black wood 

Fittings: Nickel silver & wrought iron 

Sheath: Sterling silver & snakeskin 

over wood 

Overall Length: 14 1/2" 

Maker's List Price: Sold for $3,000 



"A lot of knives 
were being sold," 

— Charles Weiss 



1998 BLADEhandmade 
Best Fighter 

Tim I hi mock 

Pattern: Antique howie repro 

Blade: Forged 5210(1 

Handle: Dogbane-style mastodon 

ivory. KS domed buttons 

Fittings: Sterling silver ferrule & silver 

butt 

Overall Length: 14 1/2" 

Maker's List Price: Sold for $4,000 




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1998 BLADE- 
handmade Best 
Handmade Folder 
D.E. Olson 

Blade: ATS-34 

Handle: Ivory 

Bolsters & Liners: Titanium 

Closed Length: 3 1/2" 

Maker's List Price: Sold for 

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Handmade Folder 

Tony Bose 

Pattern: 5-blade congress 

Blades: Gardener's master, coping and three 

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Closed Length: 4 1/4" 

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1998 BLADEhandmade 
Best Overall Miniature 
Yvon Vachon 

Pattern: 5-blade folder 
Blade: ATS-34 
Handle: Green pearl 
Embellishments: 10-k gold inlay 
Overall Length: 3/4" 
Maker's List Price: $1,500 



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1998 BLADEhandmade 
Best Fixed Blade 
Kirk Rexroat 

Blade: Triple-quenched 52100 
Handle: Sambar stag w/mosaic pins 
Bolsters: 416 stainless 
Embellishments: Engraved by Jim Blair 
Overall Length: 8 1/4" 
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Pattern: Primitive hunter 

Blade: 320 layers of pattern-welded 1095 and L6 

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Sheath: Rawhide covered by Karen Shook 

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Blade: 340 layers of pattern- 
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Virgil England 

Title: Winter Harvest Scythe 
Blade: Carved damascus 
Handle: Bronze, silver, stellar sea- 
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Maker's List Price: $20,000 









1998 BLADEhand- 
made Best Fixed 
Blade* 
Daniel Stephan 

Pattern: Fighter 

Blade: Barry Davis twisl damascus 

of O-l & mild steels 

Handle: Carved nickel silver inlaid 

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Overall Length: 13" 

Maker's List Price: Sold for $2,000 

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Pacific Rim Knives: From Rare 
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fl's intriguing to know what's happen- 
ing in knives on the other side of the 
world, especially when Americans 
read newspaper headlines about the Japa- 
nese and other Asian stock markets crash- 
ing. Honing in on the "Pacific Rim, " a 
working definition will include Japan, 
Taiwan, Malaysia, Australia and New 
Zealand, 

Keith Spencer, Australian knifemaker, 
knife columnist, importer and collector 

"Custom knifemaking in this country is 
very healthy and growing in terms of 
quality, variety and uniqueness," says 
Keith Spencer, who developed the 
Australasian Knife Collectors club in 
1991. "Given America is the custom 
cutlery center of the world, then Austra- 
lia is a microcosm of that macrocosm," 

To a great extent, Spencer says, 
Australian makers and collectors tune in 
to what knives are being made and 
collected in the "trend-selling" United 
States. The U.S. makers, he reasons, have 
access to space-age materials and tech- 
nology, which they naturally use to their 
own advantage. 

"When it comes to producing hand- 
crafted knives for users and collectors in 





Whan the market is good 
in Japan, J. IV. Denton aays 
the hottest-setting knives 
are quality pieces by well- 
established makers, like 
this Ron Lake folder with a 
bolster engraving of Duke, 
the knife collectors dog. 
(Weyer photo) 



this country, we don't have much of a 
market for fantasy knife creations," he 
says, "Oh, there are those who will buy 
Gil Hibben inventions sold under the 
United Cutlery brand and fancy-looking 
stuff from Franklin Mint, but not many 
who will justify shelling out serious 
dollars for a 'fair dinkum' item of fantas- 
tic art. 

"So where's our head at?" Spencer 
asks rhetorically. "To coin a writer's 
phrase-'practical collectibles* the knife 
you can choose to use or store in a safe. 
That's where we're at. The practical 
collectible may cost anything up to 
$1,000. even more, but the Australian 
buyers' criteria is that it must still be 
functional." 

With collectors more interested in 
function than ornamentation, Spencer 
says rubies and diamonds are used spar- 
ingly, but damascus is not spared. He 
claims the Australian damascus makers 
are among the best in the world. 

"With a practical mindset and only 
small game (few large animals) in this 
country, smaller skinners, from drop- to 
clip-points are popular knives," Spencer 
notes. "Then you move up to hunters, 
which are a bit larger than skinners, and 



bush and camp knives. There are still 
those Australian survivalists who get 
around in four-wheel-drive vehicles and 
have need for such knives." 

The vast continent of Australia also 
hosts a Knifemakcrs Guild, formed in 
1984, boasting quality custom knifemak- 
ers across the continent, and a nation- 
wide knife show circuit with annual 
shows in the capital cities of most states. 

"Bladesmithing in recent years has 
advanced in leaps and bounds," he adds. 
"It seems every knifemaker is trying his 
hand at forging blades, A sense of 
friendly rivalry has produced a spectacu- 
lar array of pattern-welded blade 
artistry." 

The pattern welds and other blades 
are often complemented by the natural 
hardwoods native to Australia. Synthetic 
handle materials, on the other hand, are 
imported from the United States. 

"Custom -crafted knives is the fastest- 
growing cottage industry in this area," 
Spencer opines, "and there are still 
collectors with money in Asia, but gener- 
ally speaking, trade is suffering there. 

"There are some pretty special 
Australian folder makers," he continues, 
"who realize they have to produce 



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FEBRUARY 99 



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justify the price tags they have to place on 
them. Still, you can buy a top-quality, 
medium-size, handmade lockback for 
$300-$400, depending on embellish- 
ments." 

.1. W. Denton, Bob Loveless knife 
dealer/purveyor 

"Japanese and Taiwanese knife collectors 
were big, big buyers at one time," says 
knife purveyor/dealer J.W. Denton, who 
deals in Bob Loveless knives. "Those 
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market is totally dead. This year I sold 
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"The American side of the business is 
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money into the market and taking it out 
to buy something they can look at." 

When the market is good in Japan or 
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Denton believes Loveless is a sort of 
icon in Japan because he founded their 
Knifemakers' Guild, visited the country 
often, taught classes on knifemaking and 
spent time with the people. 

"I don't know if they'll come back 
wanting the same types of knives as 
before," he admits. 'When the market 
was good, Loveless collectors often asked 
if I had access to Bill Mo ran, Jess Horn, 
Ron Lake or maybe Bill Cronk knives. 

"In Japan, they want specific models 



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good, the high-dollar 
items sell in Japan. 

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of Loveless knives with certain handle 
materials that are difficult to find, some- 
thing the maker didn't ordinarily make," 
he continues. "They say. 'You must find 
me a Loveless knife like the one pictured 
in a book 1 saw with a caption that noted 
there were only two of that model left.' 
They write down the names of specific 
knives. The more rare they are, the more 
sought-after. In Japan and Taiwan, they 
have a good choice of inexpensive 
knives. When it comes to buying Ameri- 
can, they want something in a collectible 
knife," 

A good, quality knife that is 
respected in both America and Europe, 
Denton says, is a hot collectible in Japan. 
"They go to European shows, too," he 
says. "It's not enough to be famous in 
America anymore. You have to find 
something the American and European 
knives have in common, and that's what 
the Japanese feel they need." 

His Pacific Rim buyers prefer stag 
over any other handle material, which 
Denton guesses is due to the scarcity of 
deer in that area. Other materials popu- 
lar with Japanese and Taiwanese knife 
collectors are brass, ivory (though it's 
rare to find it there), tronwood, pearl and 
Micarta®. 

"When the market is good, the high- 
dollar items sell in Japan," he adds. 
They're big buyers of diamonds and 
gold. A Rolex™ watch is entry-level in 
Japan, and their knives are comparable 
to their watches. Years ago, the cream of 
the crop was picked off my table at knife 
shows by the foreign buyers. Now, the 
Americans are picking it up as fast as the 
foreign buyers did at one time." 



Bob Loveless 

"The economy is falling apart over there," 
says knifemaker Bob Loveless about 
Japan. "We had a KX)-pound block of ice, 
and now it's a pound and melting. I don't 
think anything is hot, but if something is, 
it's probably black, plastic-handle, factory 
folders." (By plastic. Bob refers to any 
black, synthetic handle material used by 
manufacturers.) 

"I'm still selling my knives to the Japa- 
nese at regular prices, but the Japanese 
knife industry has lost 25-30 percent of 
their makers," he adds. "There's still a 
Japanese Guild show and a handmade 
show, but they're very inactive." 

Loveless doesn't consider Taiwan or 
Malaysia active knife collector markets. 
"Japan is the market over there. It always 
has been,'' he says. "Not Taiwan. Not 
Malaysia. Not Hong Kong. Not China. 

"The tradition of the handmade knife 
derives out of a historical content involving 
U.S. hunters. The Far East doesn't have 
that kind of tradition." he continues. 
"Licensed hunters in Japan probably 
number 16,000-17,000 compared to 17 
million hunters here." 

Loveless says his knives continue to sell 
in Japan because he's been a presence 
there for 30 years, "My work is respected 
and all that jazz," he concedes. "In my own 
case, they want ATS-34 blades with stag 
handles in sheath knives. 1 suspect their 
desire for stag is a reverence for natural 
materials. They feel they're closer to 
nature holding a stag handle knife. There's 
practically no stag being used in lower-cost, 
commercially produced folding knives." 

Those commercially produced folding 
knives are a market Loveless contends will 
open up in Japan for the same reason, he 
says, he shared with Guild members 25 
years ago. "Are you going to buy a hunting 
knife in a sheath to wear in a suit? Or, are 
you going to buy a handy little folding 
knife? Folding knives are more conven- 
ient, less conspicuous. I don't make fold- 
eis. I don't have to. 1 like my hunters," 
Loveless says. 

"Sal Glesser and Les De Asis (of 
Spyderco, Inc. and Benchmade Knife Co. 
Inc. respectively) know what they're doing. 
What's popular in Japan are $60-$l<!0 fold- 
ere," he says. "The high-end. custom knife 
market it dead." 

Bill Reddiex, New Zealand knifemaker 

"We sell mostly hunting knives in New 
Zealand," Bill Reddiex claims. "The 
collector market is developing. Five or six 
years ago, if I had a fairly-high-priced 
knife. I had to talk people into believing it 
was worth the cost. Today, people are 
prepared to spend more." 



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FEBRUARY 99 



A sector of the New Zealand collec- 
tor population desires the more artsy- 
looking knives. Others want bowies, 
notes Reddiex. who sells bowies to the 
shooting fraternity to wear on their belts 
next to their revolvers. 

"It's hard to promote folders here, 
though there's a bit of damascus being 
sold." he says. "There aren't many people 
with money, so less-expensive knives sell 
well. One guy living 70 or 80 miles from 
here has a Tommy Lee folder in his 
collection. Apart from him and a few 
people ordering pieces from the A.G. 
Russell catalog, there aren't many collec- 
tors buying knives from the U.S.." 

Three New Zealand knifemakers of 
note are Reddiex, who makes collector- 
grade working fixed blades, hunters and 
period bowaes; Chris Pennington, who's 
known for his classic hunters, kitchen 
knives and utility/camp knives, concen- 
trating lately on damascus; and Bill Nikl, 
who makes hunting knives. 

"We three are planning to form a 
guild here in New Zealand to give 
oncoming knifemakers and collectors 



"We had a 100-pound 

block of ice and now it's 

a pound and melting." 

-Bob Loveless 

something to look forward to," Reddiex 
says. "There are plenty of cross-cut saw 
blades with antler handles in New 
Zealand. I believe there's more to knife- 
making than crude stuff like that. 

"Things are quiet on the mainland," 
he continues. "1 finally got a break- 
through in Japan when a guy bought 20 
knives from me, but then their economy 
fell through." 

With limited resources on the island, 
Reddiex imports brilliant hardwoods and 
other handle materials, like coral, which 
he buys from the Mother of Pearl Co.. "I 
make sheep-horn handles." he says. "Our 
sheep are smaller than the American big 
horns with tight, circular horn configura- 
tions and patterns." 

What Will Be Hot? 

"We'll be selling more damascus, more 
forged knives," Spencer predicts. "Skin- 
ning- and hunting-knife sales will be busi- 
ness as usual. We've been thwarted by 
knife legislation, so I see the big bowies 
and oversized stuff falling off a bit. 
Australian custom knifemakers can more 
than compete with good, quality factory- 



made imports retailing in the $2tHI-$4IIO 
range. Smart makers will target this price 
bracket." 

"I think basic hunting knives will be 
popular," Reddiex notes. "The biggest 
problem we have in New Zealand is 
when we make a $185-$200 knife, buyers 
expect it to be a top-quality piece or they 
expect it for less money, yet I can get 
$250 for a modern folder. I see folders 
taking off in the next few years. 

"I took five damascus knives to a 



show recently and only sold one of 
them," he continues. "People here don't 
know what damascus is, are frightened by 
it and hesitant to buy it. That will change 
with lime." 

"I'll say fixed blades are still the 
preferred knives in Japan," Denton 
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Grip Shape 



How to pick the 

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Ask some knife enthusiasts to describe a knife 
and they'll begin with the blade size and 
shape. Some will describe grind lines, stee 
type and temper. Some might end with "and it lias a 
slag handle." An exception may be an art knife, 
where the look of the handle might be described in 
detail. 

Each of the aforementioned responses underrate 
the importance of a correct knife handle. 

The size and shape of the handle is important 
both aesthetically and functionally, but there are no 
hard and fast rules as to what makes a handle both 
attractive and comfortable. As Doug Hutchens of 
Gerber Legendary Blades puts it, "If a knife doesn't 
look good, no one will ever pick it up to see ir they 
want to buy it. If it doesn't feel right, they'll never 
use it." This is an interesting statement coming from 
a company thai makes knives with so many different 
handle styles and materials. The Duponl Hypalon 
handles on the Gerber BMF and LMF field knives 
are radically different, both in shape and material, 
from the handle on the company's famed Mark II. 
Yet. they all sell to the same clientele. The Hypalon 
on the LMF and BMF feels soft, while the coated 
metal of the Mark II is hard. The LMF and BMF 
grips have a hand-filling circumference with one 
finger groove; the Mark II handle has the classic 
svelte profile of the Fairbairn-Sykes, with the center 
swell and thinning-waist effect toward the butt. 
Which is 'better"? It depends not on the knife but 
on how it's used. 

The handle material on a using knife has to be 

"See it" on the left and "feel it" on the right: The 
Columbia River Knife & Tool Komodo (an overall shot 
of which is inset) has a sculpted Grilon® synthetic 
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34 / BLADE 




FEBRUARY 99 





durable, Hulchens notes. "This goes for both the 
material and the method of attaching it." he advises. 
"No handle material is good if it won't stay on the 
knife." Many observers think that manufacturers use 
molded plastic for grips to cut cost. "Not true," says 
Hutchens. "We use Kraton® on our Gator folders 
to hold down on weight and because we can mold it 
through the handle for a really solid fit" 

Custom maker Ray Appleton. who makes 
distinctively styled folders, agrees. "If it feels good, 
that's it," he declares. "It may look a little weird but 
if it's comfortable, it's right." Appleton goes on to 
point out that if the design is appropriate, handle 
material is less important. "A good design feels good 
in slag or in titanium." he observes. Appleton goes 

"It may look a little weird 

but if it's comfortable, 
it's right." — Ray Appleton 

so far as to harden the handles as well as the blade 
to keep the fit precise. His passion for comfort and 
exact fit is more understandable when you consider 
that he has the use of only one arm. 

The same perspective comes from Bill Wirtel of 
Santa Fe Stoneworks, who re handles the knives of 
Santa Fe. Camillus, Spyderco and others with semi- 
precious stones. "When you start with Spyderco's 
handles, which are comfortable in whatever material 
the company used originally, then they'll be 
comfortable in ourgemstonc handles." he confides, 

Knifemakers and knife manufacturers agree that 
good design is the most important element in an effi- 
cient handle. At the same time, they point out, there 
are no hard and fast rules. Naturally, if the primary 
use will be chopping or slashing, there should be a 

To Have & To Held 

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Creamy mastodon with palm swells and a 
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swell at the back or a hooked butt. I've 
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Ray Appleton's folders are best 
known for their unusual locking mech- 
anisms but placing a close second Is 
the way ha designs his handles, this 
wood version with both looks and use 
In mind. (Weyer photo) 



exposed to the desert sun for an 
extended period without your gloves on 
unless the grip has some sort of insulated 
coating. 

In the past few years, different 
synthetic materials have become more 
popular. There are too many types and 
brands to keep them all straight, but it's 
now possible to get a durable knife 
handle with not only the shape you want 
but also the hardness or softness you 
like. "If it feels good, I like it," says Rod 
Bremer of Columbia River Knife And 
Tool. "On our Komodo, we use a 
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the guard and butt to get the right feel." 
Rod adds that, at present, Columbia 
River only uses synthetics in its line, 
"That's our market niche," he notes. 
"That doesn't mean that some day we 
won't use stag or wood, we just don't use 
it now, 

"Most of our knives have a tactical 
look, though I wish we could come up 
with a better name than 'tactical.' 
They're good, tough knives that you can 
work with for a long time without them 
becoming uncomfortable." 

Rod agrees that there's no set 
formula for an outstanding handle. "Of 
course, a folding knife will have a handle 
10 or 20 percent longer than the blade, 
and we've found that a knife with a soft 
handle needs to be a little bigger at the 
front," he says. "Other than that, it's 
what feels right and works right." 

Custom knifemaker Larry Newton 
takes Bremer's argument one step 




40 / BLADE 



FEBRUARY 99 



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Anything with more than a 3-inch blade 
he delivers with a belt pouch. "I start 
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he maintains, "then work with it until it's 

"Use and, to a lesser 
degree, hand size 
dictate comfort." 

— the author 

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Cobalt-Carbide-Crystal Cutter 

Boye's cobalt dendritic blade packs a powerful 
performance punch in a corrosion-resistant package 



Combine the toughness of cobalt 
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"A" folder. 

I've written about Boye's dendritic 
440-C blades in the past. The aggressive 
cutting action of the carbide crystals in 
his blades ranks them in the top 1 
percent of all the knives on which I've 
performed cutting tests. His cobalt knife 
is no different. In my tests, it actually 
outperformed his original dendritic steel 
2-to-l. David said his main reason for 
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tance. The cobalt blade sheds saltwater 
like a duck sheds water and is also non- 
magnetic. 

Boye vs. Boye 

I decided to run a comparison 
between two Boye knives — one a 
440-C dendritic blade, the other 
the new cobalt dendritic. With 
3-inch blades, each sporting 
short, hollow grinds, half- 
inch sisal rope was the test 
medium. I sharpened 
both blades on an EZE- 
Lap extra-fine diamond 



hone, each one stropped four times 
before the cutting tests began. The tests 
were done twice on both blades to 
help ensure correct results. 
The first knife was the 
440-C dendritic folder. 
It started losing its 
bite after 22 clean 
cuts. 




Not bad at 

all considering 

its light weight. 

Next came Boye's 

cobalt lookback. It 

made 57 good, clean 

cuts. Afterward, the 

cobalt blade would shave 

hair from my arm, an edge that 

still had a lot of cutting left in it. 

The thin Zytel® handle made 




Fifty-seven cuts on the half-Inch sisal rope puts the Boye piece in the author's upper 
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cutting the half-inch sisal rope challeng- 
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While the cobalt suffers no spotting or 
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Lightweight and with all that perfor- 
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44 / BLADE 



FEBRUARY 99 




After the rope-cutting tests, the cobalt- 
dendritic edge would still shave hair. 
(Editor's note: Such hair-shaving test proce- 
dures aren't recommended for the reader.) 




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"Knifemaker Showcase" spotlights the photographs of knives sent by any and all custom knifemakers to BLADE* for filing in the Knifemakers Archive. 

The Knifemakers Archive is the most complete collection of knifemakers' knives and information in the world, if you are a custom knifemaker and have 

not sent us a photo (the better quality the photo, the better chance it has of getting in the magazine), write in care of: BLADE, c/o Krause Publications, 

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Thirty-five years of working as a machinist and knifemaker 
has given James Agnew the hands-on experience necessary 
to work steel into fine knives. "I didn't get serious about 
knifemaking until about six years ago," Agnew comments. "I 
find it to be both a creative outlet and a lot of fun." Agnew is 
the sole author of his knives, working with stainless steel and 
fashioning handles from antler, wood, ivory, Micarta® and 
stone. His 14-inch fixed blade (left) sports a stainless steel 

blade, a turquoise-and- 
black Micarta handle with 
black-onyx and nickel-silver 
spacers, and a nickel-silver 
guard. His list price: $850. 
His address: Dept. BL2, 
5260 S. Sherman, Littleton, 
CO 80121 (303) 789-3084. 
(Phillips photo) 

Semct&daMcL 

"It was BLADE 
Magazine® that 
opened the door 
to knifemaking 
for me," Richard 
Sunderland says. 
"The magazine 
provides access 
to supplies and 
materials, as well | 
as showcasing the 




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Donald Vogt still has and uses his 
first official Boy Scout knife. 
After attending The Knifemakers' 
Guild Show in Orlando, Florida 
,in 1991, he made a knife. "I 
purchased a book and some mate- 
rials," he says, "and was deter- 
mined to make a knife on my 
own. I've been hooked since." For the first folding 
knife he made, Vogt won the best custom folder 
award at his first knife show, a 1997 NKCA knife 
show. "It's the continuous learning experience that 
makes knifemaking exciting," he says, "Each time I 
use different materials or change a design, it's like 
starting over again." The 13-inch fixed blade (right) 
showcases a 440-C blade, an oosic and buckeye-burl 
handle with purple, anodized-titanium spacers, and 
a 416 stainless steel, fiieworked guard and buttcap. 
His list price: $950. His address: Dept. BL2, 9007 
Hogans Bend, Tampa, FL 33647 (813) 973-3245. 





inspiring work of other makers." Sunderland cannot remember being with- 
out a knife and believes knifemaking is a passion that's difficult for the 
uninitiated to understand. He practices free-hand stock removal on stain- 
less steel blades, producing a variety of fishing and hunting knives, bowies, 
daggers and Oriental-style pieces. The tanto-style fixed blade (above) dons 
an 8 3/4-inch, 440-C blade, a carved, oosic handle, brass and buffalo-horn 
spacers and a brass buttcap. His list price is $700. His address: Dept. BL2, 
Box 248, Quathiaski Cove, BC, Canada V0P 1N0 (250) 285-3038. 




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FEBRUARY 99 



"Man-made materials make a 
durable handle," says full-time 
knifemaker Jason Jacks, "but 
you really can't go wrong with 
ivory on a knife." Jacks, who's 
been making knives for seven 
years, went full time in 1997. 
"For handle materials, I employ 
exotic woods like Australian 
marblewood and other natural 
materials, including mammoth 
ivory, stag and horns of various 
animals," he says. Jacks uses 
ATS -34, D-2 and some damascus 
blade steels. His Model 1 locking 
liner (right) incorporates an 
ATS-34, fileworked blade, anod- 
ized and fileworked titanium 
liners, a mammoth ivory handle 
and Devin Thomas' ladder-pattern 
mokume bolsters. Jacks' list price: 
$500. His address: Dept. BL2, Rt. 9, 
Box 4724, Lufkin, TX 75901 (409) 
637-6181. (Bush photo) 





"I made my first knife in 1952 when I started my tool-and-die trade," 
recalls Howard Hill. "I made knives and gave them away for several 
years until I had a chance meeting with Mick Koval at a gun show in 
1979. At that time, nice fixed blades were selling for $90 each, and Mr. 
Koval told me about The Knifemakers' Guild Show in Kansas City. I 
attended the show with big eyes and dreams." The 
next year, Hill had his own table at the show. "I hope 
to continue as long as the good Lord will allow me to 
do so," he says. The bowie (beiow) showcases an 11- 
inch, fully-engraved, O-l blade with gold-plated brass 
inlays, an octagon handle laced with gold-plated brass 
and eight abalone flats, and a sculpted, gold-plated 
brass guard. All engraving is by Harry Limings. Hill's 
list price is $7,500. His 
address: Dept. BL2, 111 
Mission Ln., Poison, MT 
59860 (406) 883-3405. 



Gerald Drew was a woodcarver when he decided to try 
I his hand at making a hunting knife. "After 1 made my 
first knife, things got out of hand," he says. "I found 
out how interesting and rewarding knifemaking can be 
and never went back to whittling." Working with wood 
has stayed with Drew, however. "1 work hard at build- 
ing a tool that feels right in the hand and does the job 
expected by the user," he explains. "This I accomplish by keeping a low center 
of gravity, a good balance and a comfortable grip on all my knives. Tools like 
these should be strong, stay sharp and be a pleasure to use." The rosewood- 
handle fighter (above) has an ATS-34 blade, a tapered tang and brass fittings. 
His list price: $150. His address: Dept. BL2, 2 Glenn Cable, Asheville, NC 
28805 (828) 299-7821. (Hoffman photo) 




FEBRUARY 99 



BLADE/ 47 



By Wayne Goddard 



Goddard: Develop Your Own 
Unique Knifemaking Style 



If you had your knifemaking career to do 
over, would you make your own style of 
knife or the customer's style? I know 
that you're doing your own thing now 
but would your knives have sold back 
when you were as unknown as I am? 
(Bruce Bump, Walla Walla, Washing- 
ton) 

Part of developing a style of your own 
would be to have good designs. I might 
as well express some opinions on that 
subject while I'm at it. 

I decided to see what Webster's New 
Collegiate Dictionary had to say about 
style. I had to get down to the fourth 
definition before it applied to your ques- 
tion: "distinctive or characteristic mode 
of presentation, construction, or execu- 
tion in any art, employment or product, 
especially in any fine art; also quality 
which gives distinctive character and 
excellence to artistic expression." I like 
that definition; that Webster fellow had a 
real smooth way with words. 

From the time I made my first knives 
in 1963, I always made some based on 



customer designs as well as doing my 
own ideas. It was easy to sell knives back 
then because everything I made seemed 
to look good to my customers. Hardly 
anyone I knew had ever seen a hand- 
made knife or one that was well 
designed, 

I got to see a lot of well-made and 
beautifully designed knives at my first 
Knifemakers' Guild Show in 1972. I 
came home from there and got serious 
on my workmanship and designs. I made 
a lot of headway during my two-year 
probationary period. By 1974, when I got 
my voting status, I'd begun to have a 
style of my own. I didn't know it at the 
time but I can see how my style devel- 
oped when I look at my old photo books. 
The bonus that came with developing a 
style of my own was that, by then, I'd 
learned which shapes and curves on a 
knife worked and which didn't. 

My style didn't develop much until I 
went into knifemaking full time and 
started making a lot of knives. It's hard 
to explain the evolution of my patterns 
but it went something like this: I'd make 




The knife at top shows an example of bad/ugly design. It was the first one I made In 1963 and, as 
you can see, I didn't have a clue. The beautiful knife below it Is an excellent example of good 
design. Patrice Plasky of France sent me a drawing of the knife and I made ft for him. The knife 
had curves I had never thought of putting on a knife. They're all In the right place to give the 
design a nice, flowing appearance. Every part of the handle shape has a function In allowing a 
firm hold in any grip position. The construction was integral wire da ma sc us and a full-taper tang 
with Ivory handle slabs. Making It was a giant step In my development as a maker. I'll never 
forget all those curves and still sneak some of them Into my own designs. Thanks, Patrice. 



one or more of a pattern and usually 
nothing seemed like it needed changing. 
A time would always come when I would 
look at a pattern or a finished knife and 
some part of it would look too fat, too 
thin, too curved or too straight. I'd make 
a change, usually going too far. As I 
progressed, my changes that would've 
been in fractions of an inch changed to 
the width of a pencil line. I can't explain 
the way I decided what needed changing 
other than it just didn't look right. 

Making knives to a customer's draw- 
ing was a valuable experience because it 
helped me learn what a good design was. 
Most of the customer ideas weren't too 
efficient when it came to what a working 
knife should be. Some of the customers 
figured that out by themselves and came 
back for a design that would work. 

It was the occasional good design 
from which I learned the most. All of 
this was a very important part of my 
development as a designer. When I got 
to the point where I had confidence in 
my designs, I would often talk a 
customer out of his impractical idea in 
favor of one of mine that I knew 
would work. 

When it came to handle thickness, 
length, shape and such, it seemed 
that I had to make a certain amount 
of knives that didn't work to figure 
out what did work. When I made a 
knife that didn't feel or look appro- 
priate, it meant I wouldn't make 
another one like it. There's a lot to 
be said for using one's own knives to 
do some real work, 

I see many knives being sold as 
hunting pieces that have square 
corners on a too-thin handle. Blades 
are often too wide or too thick and 
of a clumsy shape. I hope you 
believe me when I say that most 
such knives wouldn't be made the 
way they are if the maker had actu- 
ally ever done any work with them. 
Part of my style is to round every- 
thing off real well, and I suppose I 
do that because I remember the 
blisters I got using one of my knives 
that had a thin handle with square 
corners. 



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FEBRUARY 99 



Your life experience, background and 
motivation will influence the style you 
develop. These factors will determine if 
you make real or make-believe knives. 1 
define a make-believe knife as one that's 
designed on paper and made without any 
evolution as a working tool. My opinion is 
that most lasting designs evolve and 
aren't necessarily the result of an original 
idea. 

I realize that probably 90 percent of 
handmade knives will never see much use 
for serious work. You may be able to 
make a good living turning out knives 
that are all fangs, claws, reptile parts and 
buggy eyeballs. There's a market for that 
and you'll not need to worry about the 
knife holding an edge or having proper 
edge geometry. 

You might consider what the market 
share is for different types of knives, I 
went through the November '98 
BLADE® and classified every knife 
shown in one of six categories. The 
following figures show what type knives 
are being featured in articles and adver- 
tisements, but may not be a true indica- 
tion of what is actually being sold: tactical 
(folder and fixed)-108: sport/hunting 
(folder and fixed)-31: elegant folding 
knives-30: traditional (folder and fixed)- 
29; bowies-22; and art/daggers- 16. 

"I had to make a 

certain amount of 

knives that didn't work 

to figure out what did 

work." — the author 

\ keep a loose-leaf notebook titled, 
"The Good. Bad and Ugly." In it is a 
collection of photographs and also 
pictures from magazines and catalogs. It's 
my textbook for teaching design. A 
picture is worth a thousand words and. 
with examples, it's easy to point out 
distinctive styles as well as effective and 
ineffective designs. It would be good for 
you to start a book that contains your 
drawings and ideas. Stick any pictures of 
knives you like in it and then spend time 
trying to figure out why you like them. 
Keep the ugly knives in it too, just so 
you'll remember not to make them. Good 
luck with developing your unique style. 

Send your questions la BLADE. P.O. Box 
789, Oohewah, TN 37363-0789. Include a 
SASE for a personal response from Mr. 
Goddard. Due to the large volume of 
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With 20 years of knifemaking to 
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exactly the new kid on the 
block. On the other hand, his name isn't 
a household word, either. 

One thing's for sure: the quality of 
his knives is no secret anymore. After 
Warren captured the 1997 BLADE- 
handmade™ Award for best 
utility/hunter, the cat was out of the bag. 
The award-winning knife was an 8 1/2- 
inch drop point with a guard, which is 
typical of Dan's stock-in-trade. Another 
important element for Warren is fit. not 
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■"1 specialize in using knives." 
explained Warren. "To me. that's some- 
thing that feels good in your hand, with 
clean, flowing lines. I almost feel like it's 
impossible to make a functional, all- 
around knife without some of Bob Love- 
less' influence in it. And you can't get 
away from the drop point as the best 
utility knife." 

Warren is no stranger to a good day's 
work, and his knives are a reflection of 
that familiarity with the daily grind. For 
18 years now, the Canton. North Caro- 
lina, resident has been employed at the 
Champion International Paper Mill near 
Ashevillc. For the past six years he's 
worked as a millwright, gaining knowl- 
edge that he puts to use in knifemaking. 
"Being a millwright helps with fixtures 
and jigs, and if a saw or grinder comes 
apart, loses a bearing or whatever, I'm 
able to work on it." he commented. 

Dan's decision to try knifemaking 
came about by accident and has grown 
to the production of about 30 straight 
knives per year. "I was deer hunting in 
South Carolina with a friend of mine 
that 1 had bear hunted with up north," 
he remembered. "He picked up a big 
antler that a deer had shed. That's kind 
of rare, since the rodents usually eat 

One hallmark of a Warren knife (like the 
fixed blade at left) is the flat look of the 
entire piece. "The main reason for that is 
the feet in your hand, " he said. "I make a 
flat knife, with the whole thing touching the 
table, even the point nearly touching it. " 

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Is Molded D-2 For 



In his quest to build a better blade, minimize costs and provide the finest 
product he can. Dan Warren is working with blades molded of D-2 
carbon steel. 

"I work with stock removal most of the lime." he commented, "but 
being a part-time maker. I'll go against the grain here. Once I forged an ax 
head with the help of a blacksmith. From there 1 took the ax head to a 
mold maker, and they made a mold for me." Warren has produced more 
than 100 of the axes (for an example, see p. 54), and that led him to experi- 
ment with integral hilt D-2 knife blades. 

"1 had a mold made for the biades and I'm having D-2 poured for some 
blades now," Dan explained. "The big advantage is that I did all the initial 
grinding on the copy for the mold, and I'll have the guard and buticap all 
together in one piece. This cuts down work time because there are fewer 
steps, I can make a knife in half the lime and get it in the hands of some- 
body who's gonna use it. The price will be down there where the working 
man can afford it, at $50 to $75 cheaper than a conventionally made knife 
of the same style and shape. I haven't sold or sharpened one yet. but I 
have 40 or 50 of the blades to work on." 



Occasionally, Warren will make a folder. "It's more of a challenge because there are more pieces, 
precision being involved, there's not any difference." 



Dan observed, "but as far as more 



them up pretty quickly. He said. That 
would make a good knife handle.' 1 was 
kind of admiring it, and so 1 made a 
blade as such and stuck it in the handle. 
1 started out simple and crude and have 
improved a long way." 

The improvement was due in part to 
Dan's persistence but also to his willing- 
ness to listen. "From the start, 1 went to 
a lot of shows and compared my work to 
everybody else's." he related. "I've 
asked a million questions and gotten 
some real top-notch answers, and some 
that 1 had to sort through. You can ask 
questions but you've gotta go to the 
shop and work them out with trial and 
error. What works for someone else 
won't necessarily work for me. If some- 
body gives me sensible information. I'll 
give it a shot but sometimes you find 
people who think they know everything, 
and that's not necessarily so." 

Dan gives knifemaker Richard Brid- 
well a lot of credit for helping him along. 
Bridwell is also a machinist who makes 
grinders and builds other kntfemaking 
equipment. Warren uses a Bridwell-built 



"You can't get away 
from the drop point as 
the best utility knife." 

— Dan Warren 



surface grinder and two knife grinders. 

When it comes to materials, Dan 
makes the natural choice for handles 
and opts for stainless blades. "I like to 
use stag and wood on handles, and 1 like 
ivory, but I'm a little reluctant to use it 
because I've never worked with it. I 
probably wouldn't wreck it but it's a 
little more expensive than I wanna 
monkey with." he grinned. T use ATS- 
34 stainless steel blades on most every- 
thing, but personally I like D-2 carbon 
steel for blades. It'll rust if you don't 
take care of it, but I've carried both 
ATS-34 and D-2 in the field, and D-2 
holds an edge better and sharpens 
easier. D-2 does take a little mainte- 
nance, but ATS-34 will rust in the right 



conditions, loo." 

One hallmark of a Warren knife is 
the flat look of the entire piece. "The 
main reason for that is the feel in your 
hand," he said. "I make a flat knife, with 
the whole thing touching the table, even 
the point nearly touching it. It's just my 
eye. If the handle comes down with a big 
step to the blade and the blade's up a 
quarter-inch or so at the lip, I know it 
won't feel right. Most of the lime when 
someone picks up one of my knives, they 
don't just lay it back down. They like the 
way it feels." 

About 10 years ago, Warren diverted 
from his usual trail and made his first 
folding knife. Now, from time to time, 
he'll produce a single-blade, drop-point 
folding hunter. The challenge of the 
folder is a change of pace and provides 
good menial exercise. "It's a different 
animal and I kind of enjoy it. It lakes 
time to gel the technique down and 
make it work like it's supposed to. Over- 
all it's more of a challenge because there 
are more pieces, but as far as more preci- 
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The Warren 
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Kiiik'iiiufcinji Heroes Richard Brid- 
well and Claude Montjoy. 
Favorite Musical Performer Alan 




"I started out simple 
and crude and have 
11 proved a long way." 

-Dan Warren 

Dan Warren won the 1997 BLADEhandmade™ 
Award for beat utility/hunter thanks to such 
clean work as this stag jewel with an unmis- 
takable Loveless influence. 

FEBRUARY 99 



ence because even a straight knife that's 
not put together well is ugly to me." Both 
Bridwell and veteran knifemaker Claude 
Mont joy had a hand in Warren's educa- 
tion on making folders. 

Married to his wife Mttzi for 23 years, 
Dan is the father of three children. He 
sold knives at the Whitetail Expo in 
Columbus, Ohio, a couple of years ago 
and enjoys working the Southeastern 
Custom Knife Show put on each year by 
the North Carolina Knifemakers Guild. 
At various times he'll carry one of his 
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Knife Talk 




How To 

ShARpEN A 
KNifE 

Anywhere, 
Anytime 

Always be prepared to 
adapt to whatever 
situations dictate 



m By Ed Fowler 
ABS master smith 



Survival is a matter of preplanning, 
and knives are man's most signifi- 
cant survival tool. With one knife 
you can make anything you need to 
survive. Modern man and prehistoric man 
have made knives that have kept the 
human race thriving for many thousands 
of years, using nothing more than what 
was available no matter the time or the 
place. 

Years ago I was in one of my favorite 
places, the Wyoming prairie, easily 30 
miles from people, electricity and the 
phone — just my horse, my dog and me. 



"Use the tools you 

have, whatever they 

may be." -The author 



I've always been interested in stone- 
age man and have investigated his life- 
style from whatever evidence I'm lucky 
enough to find. Anyhow, while out on the 
prairie one day I noticed a rock, originally 
about the size of a soccer ball, on the 
ground with a lot of large flakes broken 
from it. As there was no way that could've 



happened without the hand of man being 
involved, I took some time to look the 
situation over. All the evidence was there: 
A stone had been used as a hammer and 
the flakes had been knapped from the 
mother rock. I hobbled my horse so he 
could graze, loosened the saddle and took 
some time carefully trying to put the rock 
puzzle together again. 

All the pieces were there except 
one. I started walking around the mother 
rock in increasingly larger circles and, 
within 50 feet, I found the missing flake. 
The sharp edge had been retouched by 
the original maker as evidenced by extra 
chips that had been knapped off in order 
to make the flake a better cutting tool, in 
this case, obviously a knife. Evidently the 
knapper had either killed an animal or 
come across one ready to eat. He'd made 
his knife on the spot from the materials at 
hand, had done what needed to be done 
and, rather than carry the knife with him, 
discarded it right where he had used it. He 
had no need to carry a knife with him; he 
could make one whenever he needed to in 
less time than it took me to write this 
paragraph. Stone-age man: competent, 
expedient and at home wherever he was. 
Not only could he sharpen his knife 
anytime he needed to, he could make one 



wherever he was. I marked the place in 
my mind and intended to return with my 
camera, but have never found the time. I 
apologize, as it would've made an excel- 
lent photo for this story. 

This past summer a college friend of 
mine named Dennis Blankenbeckler and 
his wife, Karol, came to visit. As usual we 
talked hunting, fishing, dogs and knives. 
He related an incident that happened 
while he was living in Alaska. He and a 
friend were hunting big game and came 
across an Alaskan native who had shot a 
black-tail buck deer. Evidently, the man 
had lost his knife. After some thought, he 
used the best tool at his disposal. He 
simply pounded the brass .30-30 cartridge 
flat that he'd used to kill the animal, then 
sharpened the cartridge on a stone, 
making a knife good enough to dress the 
animal out and keep from losing the meat. 
His comment was that it wasn't much of a 
knife, but it worked. 

Modern man seems to have lost much 
of the ingenuity that his ancestors devel- 
oped as a way of life. Use the tools you 
have, whatever they may be. 

Simple Is Best 

When I was asked to write an article on 
how to sharpen a knife anywhere, anytime, 



56 / BLADE 



FEBRUARY 99 



many thoughts filled my mind as to how to 
relate what's simple as far as sharpening is 
concerned. Let me elaborate. 

Progress can be a trap. When man 
first makes a new tool, he comes to rely 
on it, and all the tools that took its place 
for many years are soon forgotten. Knife 



sharpeners are an example of this kind of 
development. 

Over 45 years ago my grandfather 
gave me my first fine India stone. About 
15 years ago, Wayne Goddard gave me a 
better one. I've used the stones exclu- 
sively to sharpen all the knives that I've 




One way to always have a sharpener at hand is to cut lengths from the abrasive betts 
used by knifemakers. Here the author uses a length—with the heel of his boot for a flat 
surface — for some edge touch-up. 



made or that need honing. The stones 
are still going strong. I love them dearly 
and, when they're available, I sharpen 
with them exclusively. However, when 
they aren't available, it's pretty easy to 
improvise, providing I haven't dug 
myself to deep a hole. 

Your ability to sharpen your knife 
anywhere, anytime starts with planning. 
Your survival system must be compati- 
ble. Should you choose to carry an 
exceptionally hard blade, the only sharp- 
ening tool you can use will have to be 
exceptionally abrasive. It's pretty tough 
to get an edge on some blades unless you 
have a diamond sharpener. I avoid such 
blades as if they were some kind of social 
disease. Why? 

In the first place, exceptionally 
hard blades are usually too brittle to 
count on and, without your special sharp- 
ener available when you need it, you're 
out of luck should the blade get exces- 
sively dull. 

One of the easiest sharpeners to 
use and carry is a few pieces of 220-grit 
sandpaper. All you need is a flat surface 
(I've used the heel of my boot or the butt 
stock of my rifle on which to lay them), 
and you have a pretty handy knife sharp- 
ener. The blade usually only has one or 
two dull spots, and it isn't necessary to 
wear the sandpaper out working the 
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the dull spot and touch it up. Inciden- 
tally, if you want to, carry what I think is 
the best sandpaper currently available. 
Order a Norton or 3M 2-by-72-inch, 220- 
grit ceramic belt from one of the knife - 



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enough field knife sharpeners to last 
years. Cut the belt into 6-inch lengths 
and each length will fit into your billfold 
just like a dollar bill. Water won't hurt 
the belt material and it will last a long 
time. 

When it comes to stones, Norton 
makes a small, fine India stone. I usually 




An easy way to carry pieces of an abrasive belt for edge touch -ups is in your wallet. 




have one in the glove box of my pickup. 
Only trouble is it has sharp edges and 
corners and is pretty tough on my pock- 
ets, so it's not likely to be with me when 
I'm away from my old Ford. Should the 
folks at Norton ever decide to make a 
stone about the size of a stack of three 
quarters with smooth, rounded edges, I'd 
never be without it. 

Usually I can find a local stone within 
a few yards of my work that will touch up 
an edge when necessary. Just for the 
"long-distance company" of a man 
(Henry Thoreau) I greatly admire, I 
usually carry a small flat stone in my 
pocket that my mother-in-law picked up 
for me from a beach not too distant from 
the one that Thoreau talked about in his 
essay on Cape Cod. Many times the 
stone's made my cutting task a little 
easier. I've sharpened knife edges on 
cement sidewalks, rusted plow lays (the 
rust actually increases the abrasive qual- 
ity of the surface), the frame of a truck, 
and with a small, diamond-coated finger- 
nail file (I assure you this wasn't by 
choice). A good knife won't self-destruct 
when circumstances demand using some- 
thing other than the newest hi-tech 
sharpener. 

Necessity is the mother of invention. 
Wherever you are, there's usually some- 
thing you can use to make a knife. For 
instance, when it comes to field dressing 
animals, even a glass jar or beer bottle 
can be made into a knife that will get the 
job done. All you have to do is relax, 
think the situation over and use what's 
available. 

In conclusion, I'd strongly suggest 
that you practice the methods I've 
suggested herein in order to fine-tune 
your skills before they're necessary in 
the field. And remember: Watch your 
fingertips when you use small sharpening 
stones. Until you get a little practice 
under your belt, it's pretty easy to trim 
some hide. BHEe 




The fourth bit on the mother rock with a baseball-sized stone produced a flake that would 
service as a usable knife. 



Necessity, the mother of Invention: This 
.30-30 cartridge was hammered between 
two rocks and sharpened on a stone to 
produce a serviceable knife. 



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By Mike Haskew 



Vigilance is Che key, plain and 
simple. Protecting the interests 
of the law-abiding citizen who 
chooses to own and carry a knife is by 
no means a simple task. 

Well-meaning special interest 
groups, legislative bodies and local law 
enforcement agencies many times are 
intent on introducing and lobbying for 
the passage of laws that restrict every 
facet of your freedom to own a knife. 
Your knife-carrying options may be 
limited in all sorts of ways, from blade 
length to style, from single edged to 
double edged, concealed or uncon- 
cealed carry, and particularly in the 
way the blade is opened. 



"You have to be very 

alert at the local 

level." 

— Joe Mangiaracina 



Granted, it's understood that most 
restrictive knife legislation is intro- 
duced with good intent. However, laws 
intended to keep knives out of the 
hands of the criminal element often 
affect a broad spectrum of the popula- 
tion and produce unintended results. 
For the manufacturers, owners and 
users of knives who respect law and 
order, the solution to finding a 
common ground and producing effec- 
tive, reasonable legislation is fairly 
straightforward, but it does require a 
commitment. 

"You have to be very alert at the 
local level," commented Joe Mangiara- 
cina, attorney for The Knifemakers' 
Guild and a promoter of the New York 
Custom Knife Show. "You have to 
start at the local level. Look in the 
newspaper for announcements made by 
local governments. Many times they list 
the agendas for upcoming meetings 
concerning legislative matters, and you 
can attend so you can voice an opin- 
ion — a strong opinion, but not a rowdy 
one. Getting rowdy won't get you 
anywhere. When a piece of legislation 
reaches the state level, it's usually been 
brought up by a local community to 
their representatives. The knife laws 
that I'm most aware of had already 
been passed before I knew what was 



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gomg on. 

Chris Micheli, a lobbyist for Buck 
Knives, echoes Mangiaracina's senti- 
ments. "Number one," he began, "I 
think you have to have a presence in 
certainly the key legislative states but 
ideally in all the states. And that pres- 
ence should not only keep an eye on 
legislation but also have someone with 
their ear to the ground who can pick 
up possible legislation before it's ever 
introduced in the public domain. 
Letting legislators and other special 
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"Find out what 

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before it's 

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— Chris Micheli 



industry is alive and active in that state 
and prepared to do legislative battle is 
critical. 

"Number two is to have profes- 
sional lobbyists, trade association 
representatives or knife enthusiasts 
who stay in touch with legislators and 
law enforcement officials, and can find 
out what legislation is coming before 
it's introduced. When legislation is 
introduced that's adverse, you need to 
have a lobbyist and active industry 
people who're willing to put in the 
time and effort to defeat that legisla- 
tion." 

Laws To Watch For 

With what types of legislation should 
knife enthusiasts be concerned? Of 
course, measures that are reasonable 
and obviously in the public interest — 
those that make sense for everyone — 
deserve broad-based support. 
However, laws that paint with a broad, 
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Ed Fowler believes 
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The soul of the knife is 
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"I couldn't achieve the control I now 
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sembied kit of a switchblade knife. 
Beyond thai, if you gel caught with a 
switchblade by a policeman, you're 
gonna be in trouble." 

Pointing out inconsistencies in the 
applications of knife laws. Combs 

"You've got to 
know what you're 
talking about and 

play politics." 

— Roger Combs 



continued. "If you have (your switch- 
blades) in a private collection and 
you're carrying them to a show, you're 
probably going to be okay, but flash- 
ing one of them on the street may get 
you arrested," he noted. According to 
Combs, laws restricting blade length 
vary from state to state. In Texas, a 
piece of legislation was introduced to 
outlaw any type of what was termed a 

You Are The 
First Line Of 
Knife Defense 

Fresh off his appointment as public 
relations director of the American 
Knife and Tool Institute, Roger 
Combs is the first to point out that 
AKTI can't protect the knife rights of 
Americans without your help. If 
anything, you're the first line of 
defense in the knife-rights fight. 

"One of AKTI's goals is to lobby 
against and attempt to prevent anti- 
knife legislation where and when it 
comes up," Combs noted. "With 
hundreds, if not thousands, of govern- 
ment jurisdictions around the country, 
BLADE® readers will be the first to 
become aware of these potential 
obstacles. 

"To combat the enemy, we must 
know where he is. BLADE readers 
can help. If a proposed new law or 
ruling pops up, BLADE readers can 
help AKTI fight it by notifying Jan 
Billeb, AKTI executive director. The 
sooner AKTI knows, the sooner it can 
help." 

Billeb's address: AKTI, c/o Jan 
Billeb, executive director. Box 68. 
Burlington. IA 52601-0068 (319) 752- 
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Website AKTI.org. 

FEBRUARY 99 




The next time somebody calls a lookback a dagger, 
show them a picture of what a dagger really looks like. 
A good place to start is with the art dagger of Larry 
Fuegen. His address: 108 Alna Rd., Dapt. BL2, Wlscaa- 
set, MB 04578 (207) 882-6391. (Wayer photo) 



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Next to switchblades, butterfly knives 
probably feet the anti-knife legislator's 
wrath the most. These butterfly models 
are by Paul Jarvls. (Weyer photo) 







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"buck" knife, which is better described 
as any large folding knife with a blade 
that locks open (the law no doubt had 
the Buck 1 10 folding hunter in mind). 
The result was that virtually all lock- 
backs were "illegal weapons" as far as 
Texas state law was concerned. 

"In New York City a number of 
years ago, the city council held hear- 
ings on the length of hlades and the 
types of knives which would be 
lawful." added Mangiaracina. "They 
were seeing a rash of these imported 
cheap Pakistani knives, and everybody 
on the street had one that could lock 
open. They became cutting instruments 
thai couldn't be closed easily, so they 
were similar to daggers in the lawmak- 
ers' eyes. When the hearings were 
announced, nobody noticed. So, lock- 
blade folders with blades of 4 inches or 
longer were banned in New York 
City." 

Further complicating the issue is 
the fact thai knife laws are open to 
different inierpretations. Generally, 
the dirk and dagger laws from state lo 
stale, particularly in California and 

"When knives are 

seen as weapons, 

they're historically 

seen as disreputable 

weapons." 

— James Mattis 

Michigan, say lhai a knife with a blade 
sharpened on both edges is a dirk or 
dagger. If interpreted strictly according 
to the letter of the law, possession of a 
ballpoint pen in some slates might 
actually be a legal violation. Different 
officers working for the same law 
enforcement agency may also interpret 
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be possible for you lo be considered 
both a law-abiding citizen and a 
lawbreaker — depending on the investi- 
gating officer — when you're in posses- 
sion of one and the same knife in the 
same jurisdiction. 

"Heading off a poorly worded or 
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knife using, making, buying and selling 
public, have to become lobbyists in 
such cases. AKTI is going to try to 
publicize these things to heighten 
awareness and let people in a town or 
state know so they can call or write 
their legislators and do the usual 
things you do to impress lawmakers, 
and show them that you know what 
you're talking about." 



"Most of the laws say 
simply that you 
must comply." 

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As the saying goes, knowledge is 
power, so the more you know 
about knife law and knife law prece- 
dent, the better equipped you'll be to 
debate cutlery legislation with the anti- 
knife types. 

To stay abreast of knife law, read 
all you can about such laws. An excel- 
lent source for examples of cases 
involving blades is Judge Lowell 
Bray's "Your Knife Rights," which 
appears in each issue of BLADE®, 
Other sources are any and all news 
stories concerning such cases, anti- 
knife legislation and other applicable 
matters involving cutlery. 

Clip such stories from whatever 
publication in which they appear and 
paste them in a scrapbook, labeling 
each story with the name of the publi- 
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even want to index the stories by 
subject. For example, all cases/stories 
involving knives judged to be switch- 
blades would go under "S," all those 
concerning dirks and daggers under 
"D," etc. Then, when you're chal- 
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of items or activities related to knives 
that are prohibited in New York City. 
"I send out brochures to exhibitors 
before the New York Show, telling 
them what the laws are," he said. 
"Most of the laws say simply that you 
must comply. That means that if you 
get caught, you're in trouble. It's a 
matter of education, like anything else, 
but many times politicians don't look at 
what makes sense for the best interest 
of the general public. They shoot from 
the hip, basically, without understand- 
ing the problem and coming up with a 
sensible solution." Mangiaracina also 
points out that transporting certain 
types of knives from state to state 
involves interstate commerce and may 
result in a violation of federal law. 

Knives Are Tools 

Knifemaker and blade activist James 
Mattis places anti-knife laws in histori- 
cal perspective. 

"In the 19th century, some states 
outlawed the carrying of bowie knives," 
he commented. "The origins of these 
laws are so that law enforcement person- 
nel can basically be able to bust the 
'usual suspects,' The switchblade was the 
so-called edged weapon of choice among 
bad guys in the 1950s, for example. 
When knives are seen as weapons, then 
they're historically seen as disreputable 
weapons by legislators. The only advan- 
tage of such knives, the thinking goes, is 
stealth, so they're seen as a sneak's 
weapon and as carried by someone not 
in full possession of their civil rights. 
They're also typecast as the weapon of 
lower-class, young ethnic people." 

'Tell legislators that 

laws should focus on 

the act, not the knife." 

— James Mattis 

Added Mattis, "Watch for anybody 
talking about zero tolerance. Constantly 
remind everybody you can that the knife 
is the core technology for our species, 
and that if they're against knives, then 
they're against food, clothing and shel- 
ter. Everything we have in the world 
that a baboon can't use in nature is 
made with some kind of cutting tool, 
eventually. Tell legislators that laws 
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The knife should be seen as a tool." 

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Illustrated here is the pivot of the TINIves Hybrid model. The ball race is the 
pivot, and all rotation centers around it. The blade Is part of a bearing 
combo thai includes two bearing races and a Teflon® cage/seal, which 
houses 84 CERBEC™ ceramic balls. The two handle halves are 
attached with MIL- spec cap head screws. 



The concept is simple. When you 
swing the blade of a folding knife 
open and closed, you don't want a 
sloppy blade or one that scrapes the 
inside of the handle. Scraping puts 
scratches on the blade, causes friction 
and wears out the internal workings of a 
folder. 

"If you make one part of a folding 
knife incorrectly, it acts as a weak link in 
a chain," says knifemaker and Blade 
Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Famer® Ron 
Lake. "If you have one part that's not 
right, it won't get better over time. 
Believe me!" 

If there's someone whose advice on 
folding knives should be heeded, it's Ron 
Lake. In 1974, in addition to receiving a 



tent for 
the revolution- 
ary interframe and 
the tail lock or "lever 
tab." as he calls it, he 
obtained a patent claim on a 
bushing. "Many people were using 
pins instead of the bushings." Lake 
notes. "Some factories still do." 

More than any other part, the bush- 
ing is the key, according to Lake, to a 
smooth pivot. "It's just a cylinder with 
the dimension of a hole," he says. "It 
serves two purposes. It gives a larger 
bearing surface for the blade to pivot on, 
and it allows the maker to tighten fbv 



Consisting of 101 parts in all, 
the blade of the TINIves Hybrid 
locks both open and closed manu- 
ally and rotates on 84 ceramic balls. 



pounding or screwing) the pin without 
tightening the blade." 

The bushing slips through a hole in 
the blade similar to how an axle slides 
through a hub. Since it's wider than the 
thickness of the blade, the bushing acts 

"If you charge a guy 

$400 for a knife, give 

the man a $5 pin." 

-Bob Dozier 

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Pivoial Folders 

unthreaded, allowing the pivot pin to be 
driven through them and others are 
threaded to accept a pivot screw. 

"It took me a little while to figure out 
how much longer the bushing had to be 



on either side of the pivot to protect the 
blade, you get scratches." 

It's Ail Geometry 

The bushing. Lake admits, does not add 
strength to the knife. Instead, a larger- 
size pin or screw through the hollow 
bushing would make the knife stronger. 



Software For Pivotal Blade Designs 

David Luke and Scott Self, co-founders of TiNives, Inc., are producing at least 
one of their knives using the Helix Design System software from CSQMICRO- 
CADAM, Inc. Luke, the knife designer, switched to Helix after using 2D drafting 
software, and as a result, he experienced a tremendous increase in design capability. 

The Helix Design System is 3D software that allows solid modeling design, 
creating a competitive niche for hi-tech knives. 

Dwayne Morton of Indian River Technologies, an authorized reseller of the 
Helix Design System in Melbourne, Florida, invited Luke to attend a hands-on 
Helix training class. There, Luke had a chance to interact with current Helix users 
who were reporting great success with the software. "These training sessions 
convinced me that Helix was the right choice," Luke reports. 




Working with Helix 98, the handle of the TiNives Hybrid was designed using 3D 
surfaces to create the doubly curved regions of the hilt. 



than the thickness of the blade," Lake 
remembers. "When you start compress- 
ing the pin, you want the blade to be 
free, but not sloppy. If the bushing is too 
long, the blade's sloppy. Too short, and 



"I stack one thrust 
washer, then the blade 

and another thrust 
washer." -Brian Tighe 



tt tightens." 

To further avoid friction, scratching 
and rough blade operation. Lake carves 
a relief area inside the knife handle. 
"You see some knives with peripheral 
scratches on the blade where the maker's 
name would be," he observes. "If you 
don't relieve the handle or put washers 



"You have to use common sense in the 
overall geometry of a folder," he opines. 

"If you look at some of the old 
factory knives," he adds, "you see where 
the pin actually wore in half. Often the 
manufacturers just punched, drilled or 
reamed a ragged hole through the blade 
for the pin. The tiny metal spikes that 
protrude from ragged edges act like 
factory files. I hone the hole after I drill 
it and before I put the bushing inside 
during knife assembly." 

When asked if he'd insist on a bush- 
ing if he were to purchase a folder today. 
Lake answers in the affirmative, adding, 
"The bigger the bearing surface, the less 
pounds-per-square-inch on a particular 
point and the less surface wear. 1 opened 
and closed one of my knives 6,000 times 
once and there was no wear." 

"Ron Lake was the first one I knew 
who kept the blades on his folders from 
scratching," relates knifemaker Bob 

FEBRUARY 99 



Dozier. "He explains how he did it in the 
book. How To Make Folding Knives (by 
Lake, Frank Centofante and Wayne 
Clay)." 

Dozier adopted Lake's philosophy of 
screwing a pivot pin into a bushing at the 
front end of the knife. At the heal of the 
handle, Dozier uses a spacer the same 
length as the bearing to keep his handle 
slabs spaced evenly. 

"The handle slabs, from the front of 
the knife to the heal of the handle, 
should be spaced evenly apart and 
pulled flat like a fine piece of machin- 
ery," he says. "We're talking to within a 
thousandth-of-an-inch, not by eyeball. 
Linerlocks® work 100 percent better 
with spacers. They're smoother and 
don't drag." 

Gracing the cover of this issue is 
Dozier's latest, large "Dozier Lock" with 
a 4 1/8-inch, D-2 blade measuring 1 1/4 
inches wide. The substantial 6AL4V tita- 
nium handle features stainless steel 
screws, a titanium locking bar and gold, 
anodized grooves aesthetically machined 
lengthwise into the handle. His list price 
is $595 for it or a stiletto model with a 
spear- point blade. 

Most locking-liner makers, according 
to Dozier, are screwing, not pinning the 
knives together, with the screw acting as 
the pivot and the bushing as Che female 
end of the screw. He refers to the bush- 
ing as, "a spacer between two side 

"If you make one part 

of a folder incorrectly, 

it acts as a weak 

link in a chain." 

-Ron Lake 

plates." 

"The majority of Linerlock makers 
are buying handle screws for 75 cents 
each," he adds. "It costs me $5 for a 
pivot pin. If you charge a guy $400 for a 
knife, give the man a $5 pin." 

Dozier believes pivots (in his case, 
the female end of the screw, or bushing) 
should be no softer than 416 heat- 
treated stainless steel because it's slicker 
and doesn't gall. He says, "A precision 
fit and the best materials ensure smooth 
operation." 

Location, Location, Location 

"The key to success in the pivot zone is 
the same formula for success in the 
restaurant business-location, location, 
location," says Dave Luke of TiNives. 
"One-ten-thousandth-of-an-inch can 
mean the difference in feeling drag and 
not feeling drag." 

The TiNives Hybrid model folder 
features a tension-controlling ramp, 
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"The pivot is the ball race in the 
blade," Luke explains. "All rotation 
centers around the ball race, which is 
integral to the blade. There is no bush- 
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pivots," he adds. "There aren't any more 
basic than this. It just has more compo- 
nents. One inherent problem with other 
methods of pivot making is varying 
blade-plating thicknesses, making it diffi- 
cult to lock the blade down tight. 

"What we wanted to do is make a 
statement," Luke continues. "Here's a 
new knife company doing something no 
one has done. Instead of starting out 



another known thrust washer material, 
Tighe observes, 

A Sandwich With A Thrust Washer 

"I stamp out my own washers. Sand- 
wiched between the liners, I stack one 
thrust washer, then the blade and 
another thrust washer," Tighe notes. 
"You can tighten up the pivot screw to 
the action you want, and the thrust 




To open the Hybrid's blade, a button 
on the handle is pushed to unlock it from 
the closed position (it locks open and 
closed). As the blade is brought into 
motion, the 84 ceramic balls indepen- 
dently rotate in raceways, and the cages 
keep them from touching each other. 

The gentleman's tactical folder 
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clothing clip. The suggested retail price 
for the Hybrid begins at $1,000. 

"AH sheer is on the ceramic balls," 
Luke says. "It all ties together and you 
end up with a pivot that runs through the 
blade but never touches it. It's locked up 
by a main pin that travels through the 
left side of the blade into the right 
handle and locks up with a screw. 

"There are good, extremely basic 



with a Volkswagen, we started with a 
Ferrari." 

The "Ferrari of knives," in Luke's 
opinion, operates more smoothly over 
time. In the machining industry, he says, 
the process called "burnishing" is the 
result of rubbing a hard and a soft 
surface together. 

"We combined extremely hard 
ceramic balls with the softer blade," he 
explains. "Repeated travel in the ball 
race makes the finish of the ball race 
smoother, and continuous burnishing 
makes the surface of the blade, the thrust 
plate and the main pin as smooth as the 
balls." 

Custom knifemaker Brian Tighe also 
found a method of obtaining smooth 
pivot operation without a bushing. He 
employs a hardened pivot and Thor- 
don™ thrust washers. A polymer resin, 
or plastic of sorts, Thordon is often used 
as a bearing material. Nylatron™ is 



washer, unlike a thrust bearing, takes up 
any play." 

Tighe's Pinnacle model with a 3 1/2- 
inch, ATS-34, be ad- bias ted, spear-point 
blade features a carbon fiber handle, tita- 
nium bolsters, jeweled-titanium liners 

"Success in the pivot 
zone is like that for 

restaurants-location, 
location, location." 

-Dave Luke 

and a titanium clip and thumb stud. His 
list price is $450. 

"This is the smoothest method I've 
found," he explains. "I used to run stain- 
less steel washers. Thordon is better and 
moTe wear-resistant than Teflon. This is 



76 / BLADE 



FEBRUARY 99 



the way it's done with Linerlocks." 

Tighe fashions lookbacks in a differ- 
ent manner. In concordance with Lake's 
method of making a lockback, Tighe 
relieves the inside handle frame so no 
marks show on the blade when it's 
opened or closed. Thrust washers on a 
locking liner, he notes, take the place of 
relieving the frame. 

"I make sure I have a good finish in 
the hole of the blade and a good finish 
on the pin," he concludes. "Everything 
happens around the pivot. I had some- 
one over here today who commented 
that he didn't know there were so many 
parts in pivots. I said, "Yeah. That's why 
they're so expensive.'" 

With the high cost of precision parts, 
winning the 1998 BLADE Magazine 
Best-Buy-Of-The Year Award® for a 
folder with an advanced pivot is an 
amazing engineering feat. That's exactly 
what Wilt Fennell of Edge Design Inc. 
did with the Genesis-I. 

"When I started in the business, no 
one ever dreamed of making knives with 
these low tolerances," Fennell states. 
"Michael Collins is the design engineer 
of the Genesis, and he suggested that if 
we planned to make a high-end folding 
knife, we should use a bushing." 

The result is a tactical folder with an 
ATS-34 blade, a G-10 handle, an ambi- 
dextrous thumb stud and a "Deep 
Pocket" pocket clip for a suggested retail 
price of $135-$155. 

"I always used a bronze bushing and 
thought it would work in a production 
knife even though it's tough to hold the 
tight tolerances," Michael notes. "We 
really paid for the bushings, but by doing 
so, it enabled us to lock down on the 
bushing, eliminating the need to adjust 
the pivot screw," 

Collins and Fennell opted for a phos- 
phorous bronze, which Collins says is 
ideal for a bearing surface because it's a 
dense form of bronze that seats itself 
and develops a slick finish over time, 
"You can make a good folder with just a 
pin," he suggests, "but it will wear out 
faster." 

Fennel! says the liners merge with a 
cylindrical bushing, which actually rides 
on top and around the pivot screw. The 
screw turns into the bushing, and the 
bushing itself allows the knife to be 
screwed down tight without limiting the 
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"We have to surface grind the blade to 
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the locking liner engages the tang of the 
blade the same way every time. For that 
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Production 
Profile 




Spyderco modestly assumes its role as a 
far-reaching, influential knife company 



By Joe Kertzman 



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I 



t's different than most companies I've worked 
for," says Steve Jordal. marketing manager 
for Spyderco, Inc. "It's a family-owned 
company. When everyone gathers for a meeting and 
you look around and see 80 people, you think, 'This 
is it. This is Spyderco worldwide." It's absolutely 
amazing." 

Sal Glesser, owner of Spyderco, wouldn't have it 
any other way. The authoritative, yet unassuming, 
mastermind behind the trademark hole in the blade 
for one-hand operation, Glesser is also largely cred- 
ited for popularizing serrations on a folding knife 
and for producing strategically angled knife sharp- 

"The Spyderco hole is like 
the Nike swoosh." 

-Steve Jordal 

eners with Tri- Angle-shaped stones. 

Surprisingly. Spyderco wasn't initially built 
around knife products. "Spyderco got its start when 
Sal invented the 'Portable Hand,'" Jordal explains. 
"It was like something you'd see at Radio Shack, a 
rod with balls on the end and alligator clips 
attached. The clips held two pieces of small wire on 
a circuit board, freeing up the hands of the operator 
for soldering wires onto the board." 

The Spyderco name was born out of an admira- 
tion for the hi-tech, high-performance cars 



commonly termed "spider cars" in the I960's and 
'70"s, A company offering high-performance, hi- 
tech products, Glesser reasoned, should logically 
be called Spyderco. 

Working (and living) in the back of a 
converted bread truck in California, Sal and his 
wife Gail developed a sharpening system for 
serrated knives. "It was difficult to sharpen a 
knife on a flat stone," Jordal relates. "In Sal's 
mind, it made more sense to angle the stones 
and hold the knife straight up and down. That 
was the Spyderco Sharpmaker." 

After more than 20 years and millions of 
dollars in sales, Spyderco has made its first 
upgrade to the Tri-Angle Sharpmaker. "We 
made the plastic parts look sharper with 
fewer rough edges, and we're offering more 
angles for sharpening," Jordal enthuses. 
"Now it's an casy-to-carry. compact unit 
with a sturdy case." 

The list of new products to be offered 
by Spyderco in 1999 is growing. One 
collaboration with Israeli knifemaker 
Eduard Bradichansky resulted in the 
CS9 Shabaria, which is based on an 
ancient fixed-blade design from the 

The clip-point blade of the Spyderco 
CSS J.D. Smith reveals a low-profile hole± 
in the blade with only a slight hump on 
top. The projected release date of the 
CSS is in the late spring, 1999. 



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FEBRUARY 99 




Jordan River Valley. Il features a VG-10 
stainless steel blade and an hourglass- 
shaped Mi carta® handle. Its tentative 
release is in the spring of 1999. 

Another collaboration, this time with 
ABS master smith J.D. Smith, produced 
a clip-point. ATS-34 lockback with an 
economically shaped Micarta handle. 
The projected release date of the C58 
J.D. Smith is in the late spring. 1999, 
Additional new knives include the CI 4 
and C45 Rescue and Rescue Jr., 
designed to support marine and rescue 
operations: the C6I Pegasus with a short. 
1 15/16-inch. GIN- 1 stainless steel blade; 
and another version of the same knife, 
the C62 Navigator, with a 2 1/16-inch 
blade and a G-10 handle. 

Spyderco's SpydeRench. a photo of 
which was prematurely printed in 
another knife publication, is not 
projected to debut until late 1999, 

An Edge-olulion 

Spydereo and the entire knife industry 
have experienced an evolution since 
those early days when Glesser cruised 
around selling sharpeners at fairs. For 
Spydereo. the evolution began when Sal 



decided to develop a folding version of a 
serrated knife designed to be opened and 
closed with one hand. To the uninitiated, 
a clip and a hole in a blade seemed an 
oddity. 

The public thought the knife too 
weird and shunned it for its non-tradi- 
liona! appearance, claiming it was just 
plain ugly. Years later they changed their 
minds. Function won over looks and the 
Spydereo Clipil was born. 

"In my mind the Clipit must have 
been pretty tough to market in the begin- 
ning." Jordal ponders. "Those must have 
been some nervy salespeople at 
Spydereo selling knives everyone 
thought were ugly. With the hole in 
the blade and the lump, they really 
looked funny. People probably 
thought we were nuts. 

"It was a product that required 
someone out there pitching it," 
Jordal continues. "You couldn't put 
it on the shelf and expect il to sell 
itself." 

Today, nestled at the base of the 
snow-capped Rocky Mountains in 
Golden, Colorado, is the Spydereo 
home office and factory. "Sal and 



Gail were wandering the countryside 
from oceans to mountains," Jordal 
relates. "This is their favorite place. If 
you have to spend your time somewhere, 
it might as well be your favorite spot. 

"We've had the Golden factory up 
and running for about five years," he 
notes. "It started with more of a 
machine-shop feel, but we're developing 
it into a small-to-moderate-run produc- 
tion facility. We like to do the trick stuff 
here, like nested Linerlocks®. the new 
Cenlofanle Secure Lock and the stuff 
that takes some fancv footwork." 



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Designed 
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Bob Terzuola 
Michael Walker 
Wayne Goddard 
Jess Horn 
Frank Centofartte 
Bill Moran 
Howard Viele 



Tim Wegner 

Jot Singh Khalsa 

Bob Lum 

Peter Herbst 

J.D. Smith 

Eduard Bradichansky 



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Production 



Jordal speaks reverently about 
Spyderco's working relationship with 
Japanese manufacturers G. Sakai and 
Moki, though Spyderco maintains a 
variety of relationships with manufactur- 
ers around the world. 

"Knifemaking is a cottage industry in 
Japan with one person specializing in a 
single task," Jordal explains. "There's 
one guy who drills holes, and he's very 
good at it. That's it. That's his job. It's as 
simple as that. 

"We design knives, choose materials 
and have total control over what comes 
out of the factories we work with," he 
stresses. "The situation is similar to 
American auto manufacturers who 
produce many parts around the world 
but whose final products are still referred 
to by the American brand name," 

Jordal says Sal loves to experiment. 
"We'll never get into the high-produc- 
tion realm of a Camillus or Buck 
Knives," he predicts. "Sal's a hobbyist at 
heart and prefers small-to-medium, yet 
high-quality production runs. We'll 
produce 1,200 of our new Shabaria 



model and if we sell 1,200, we'll make 
more." 

Visionaries Of The New Millennium 

With a fully staffed research and devel- 
opment team including engineers, 
designers and research techs, most of the 
ideas for new knives are generated in- 
house, according to Jordal. 

"The research and development team 

"The whole company 
can turn on a dime and 
roll with the changes." 

-Steve Jordal 

is like a group of visionaries, a millen- 
nium gToup, that tries to look into the 
future to project what kind of test 
marketing we should embark upon," 
Jordal says. 

"Sal's crazy," he jests. "He'll make up 
1,200 Military models with a different 
steel just to try it. If it holds up, he'll 
have a new product, and I'll scramble to 
get the press releases done in a hurry. By 
the time I'm done, we're using yet 
another new steel, and I have to turn on 



a dime. In fact, the whole company is 
able to turn on a dime and roll with the 
changes." 

Glesser teamed a likable group who's 
found an identity and a following. "Hi- 
tech steels are our identity," Jordal says. 
"Once end-line users get some experi- 
ence under their belts, there's no fooling 
them. They know that any Spyderco 
knife is a real performance knife and 
built with the latest steel we can get our 
hands on. 

"We're always headed in the direc- 
tion of the expensive, rust -resist ant and 
impact-resistant performance steels with 
a good molecular makeup for holding an 
edge," he adds. 

Of course, almost every Spyderco knife, 
regardless of steel, incorporates a hole in 
the blade for one-hand operation. "I can't 
think of another knife company that has a 
registered trademark look" Jordal says. 
"The hole is like the Nike swoosh. 

"I believe Sal started experimenting 
with appendages to blades and then six 
or eight different versions before he 
came to the realization that a simple, 
round hole works best," he continues. 
"He's always looking for solutions, for 
better answers." 




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FEBRUARY 99 




The C14 Rescue and C45 Rescue Jr. are utility tools for the rodeo and other western 
markets. Each has a fully serrated, hollow-ground, A TS-55 blade. 

credits the makers in advertisements 



Over the years, G lesser and Spyderco 
held onto what's been successful for 
them, namely the Sharpmaker, the hole 
in the blade, the pocket clip and serrated 
folders. The company is now plunging 
headlong in the direction of the reversi- 
ble pocket clip. 

"A lot of people 
out there were saying, 
'Hey, I've gotta have a 
clip for each hand,' and 
a Jot of other people 
liked the idea of a stain 
less clip," Jordal explains. 
"We did the ultimate clip 
that met both demands." 

Clipping Along 

Clipped to the chaps of cowboys 
across Colorado Springs is the 
Spyderco C45 Rescue Jr. with a reversi 
ble pocket clip. "The C45 is the official 
knife of the Professional Rodeo 
Cowboys Association, providing 
cowboys with one- hand access, serra- 
tions and a blunt tip for guys working 
with animals," Jordal relates. "One slip 
under a rope, and the knife is back in 
your pocket in no time. 

"I've been told that Spyderco made 
the first production folding knife with 
serrations," he adds. "Different patterns 
of serrations can be found in such natu- 
ral things as plant Leaves and sharks' 
teeth. Ours is an effective, two-step 
serrated pattern alternating with two 
small serrations and one large one. 
Almost everything Sal develops relates 
to nature. He believes in emulating 
nature." 

For Glesser, the natural scheme of 
things includes custom collaborations 
with knifemakers with whom he shares a 
creative karma. He recognizes the rela- 
tionship is mutually beneficial, and he 

FEBRUARY 99 



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10 years without developing another 
prototype. Rather than stop, we have a 
new, sound idea we're working on now 
that's equivalent to the hole in the blade. 
"I see a company that's going to step 
into the realm of a wider range of 
products, testing TV commercial 
spots and spreading the word 
about Spyderco to people 
who haven't heard of us," 
Jordal relates. "The 
research and develop- 
ment team may look 
beyond knives and 
experiment with 
anything from, 
say, solar 

energy prod- 
ucts to after- 
ill a r k e t 
automobile 
inventions." 

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6606 F Msceikinecus 


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7523 TcothprJ 


6230 Mi: =r Brothers 


6610GATCO 


7100AoVerfang 


7634 rropper 


6235NopanochlMCa. 


6614 Getter 


7106 All 


7640 Trench 


6240 New York Me 


6624 GoWen Rue 


7t 12 Australian Fprs 


7650 may 


6243 NoiMd Knife Co 


6621 Grcfrran Knives 


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7660Wtiomclft 


8247 Noveft) Cutlery Co 


6630GIKJMS 


7126 Basebal Bat 


7666Wrme( 


6251 Obodslt Bartow Co. 


6632 Gunn 


7132 Bayonet 


7674 ktatarera 


6254 Ontario Knile Co. 


6634 G MtsceUonecis 


7138 Bote 


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7144 Boot 


7718 Bormg (Hugh) 


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6276 Robeson 


6693 ti$S 


7116 Cane 


7792 Bute (Tat) 


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7795 Conrady (DoneJ) 


6266 Seta AMorgrji 


6706 K* 


7204 Chant*' Hero 


7797 Corter (Fred) 


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6718 Keen Kuret 


7212 QiiSOE-rrffi Hon* 


7800 Ceffirtnle (Frank) 


6292 Ws Eye Wants 


6721 KeHom 


7216 Out 


7810 Coernon (Kir*) 


0296 Ulster 


6724 Kershaw 


7224 Ccfe Bale 


7816 Cooper {John Nelson) 


6298lWedCuleyCo. 


6730KlW0(Atek0 


7232 Oomrnerrwralives: / 


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6300 Ufa) 


6714 K Msce.rjneous 


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7B!iCadcw(Joe) 


5302 »&y Forge 


6740 li 1 C 


7236 Congress 


7848 Crook (WW) 


6304 Vdss Cutlery 


5750 L Kssfcrw 


7244 Copperhead 


7868 Crewel (James) 


6306 W.R. Cose h Sons 


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7260 Daggers 


7872 Cuttin (Joy) 


6301 WW. Bngtan 


6766 Marble's 


7!M Doggers (Push) 


7!78ftike(CM.) 


6310 WodeS Butcher 


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7272 Comosrajs ffoMen] 


7882 tenets (Alei) 


E3U Women Kit Co. 


6770Mooiech 


7278 ftmnscus (Start) 


7688 Daw rTerry) 


63M WergerMdomoi 


6T72 HflerBfos 


7284Dsplor 


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6316 Wescr Brokers 


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7290 Ov^ 


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6316 VMn CUttf Co. 


6782 byerdm Geo 


7296 Cam 


7918 Dm (Steve) 


6320 Winchester 


6714KVs*.ioneoijs 


7304 Exceimenet 


7925 Embreson (KAJ) 


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6790 Ksu- VbiS Knie 


7314 Mb, 


7928 Emerson [Ernest) 



7938 Era (Jm) 
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7958 rsk (toy) 
7910 Fowler (Ed) 
7996 Frank rjK.H) 
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6006 FtijsoKa (Stantey) 
6006 Fuetaa (Shea) 
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S023 Sitjevc <Bror*0j 
8030 Mart (Wayne) 
8035 Gottoge (Judy) 
60*0 tSeen (Boger] 
8045 fiustenmeyei 
8050Hotm*(Tm) 
8056 itendnckson (Jar) 
8068 Henry (O.E.) 
8075 tteinon (Tim) 
8068 H.bter, (Gil) 
6095H*Wigh(ttard} 
6103 Heel (Sieve) 
8128Hc4der(D] 
8150 Urn (Jess) 
6165 .H-isouBs (J.ti) 
8166 Hudson (Fsboin) 
8209 enel(B*r Mace) 
8220 Stitaa (Hank) 
6240 Jarvis (Povi) 
6256 Jjh ran (Sieve) 
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6260 Knckrner» (Hank) 
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6348 lie (Jmrny) 
6366 loerowf O'ftttgang) 
8400 iweless (Bob) 
64!OLoser(Don) 
6420 1« (BOMB) 
843SMonot*[kWBel) 
8450 Moran (Bit) 
8470 Mcfiunsfle (Harvey) 
8538 titcit* (TToyaj 
8520 Nwtohd ((tick] 
8558 Cars (Chares) 
6588 Osborne (Wonw) 
8618 Potdue (Mel) 
6658Pendmy(Al) 
8870 Pota (ten) 
8690 Pulen (Martn) 
8708 RonM 
8716 Reeve (Cms) 
6722 fievsir.-n ffoio) 
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8728 Pjchtig rjiank) 
87SB Signer (V*J 
6770 Roaers (fiodrey} 
8760 fioukn (Orate) 
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6638 ScftmkJ (Jim) 
8848Schnemer(He(inon) 
6868 Schwener [Steve) 
6880 StBdley (Eugene) 
6888 Soioi (Corbet) 
8900Sm«i(J.D.) 
8920 Soppeto (Arlu) 
6935 S;.'«'. (Joseptt) 
8966 Teriuoio {KooertJ 
9000 Tighe (Brat) 
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9150 Worenski (Eater) 
9160 Wunen (TJeiioinj 
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9178 '.Vke- '&:-(•: 
9196 VM (Bony) 
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9660 Agency Wonted 
9685 Appraisal Sawces 
9690 Aucton Sews 
9700 Boohs / Mqgozines : '.tdeos 
9705 Boy i Sell Trade 
97IOCfflto ; Mo:iMeiLi55 
97l2C^otC*rs 
9715CdEdrjeAMetiient 
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9725 Computer Programs. 
9730 Cecta Worts! 
9735 Design Services 
9738DsiiVonK 
9740 Engrowig 
9750 FodoyRtps Wonted 
9770 Handle Mows 
9780 Heat Treang 
9790 Knfe Boies iCtrtorers 
98M Kn?!e Cises / Displays 
9810 KndeCUs/SDOetes 
9625 Knie «oS 
9640 Kniernalong Equpmenl 
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9875KnitenaerigSuoc(ies 
9690 Kime Stops 
9900 Leather I Steals 
9915Martifacturers^Md 
99!4 Memctaata (Kit) 

9935 Multipe Brands FcrSae 

9936 IMp) Em* Waffled 
9938LUtLutnca« 
9940 Chavid Catalogs 
9945Recair(IWe) 

9965 Soles .' Auctions 
9975 Scnmsttm- 
9980 Secras. Msceiloneous 
9905 StBrpenng/ Sharpeners 
9988 Show Cases 
9991 Sees 
9993 Tobxca Products 
9996 Msreliormjs RodutS 



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A MISCELLANEOUS 



6374 



DAMASCUS TANTO 9" 10/95 nickel, hand forged. 
unique pattern, finished ready to handle, $80 ppd. 
AX, Visa, MC. Hillary, 4160 Scottsdale Rd.. 
Scottsdale, AZ 85251. 602-994-5752. 

DIAMOND BURfiS 20 piece set, 1/8 or 3/32 shank. 
Cuts Rockwell 62, no problem. Make serrations, 
grooves, expand holes, etc., $14 ppd. Four sets $50 
ppd. Visa/ MC/ AmEx/ Discover. Hiltary Diamond, 
4160 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251. 602- 
994-5752, FAX 602-994-3680. 



BOKER 



6424 



BOKER TOP lock auto's for sale, $65 and up. Law 
enforcement and military only. Dealers inquires 
welcome. John 501-760-2561. 



BULLDOG 



6466 



ROV FAZALARE- Immediate delivery; Reasonable 
Prices! Free List: POB 1335, Agoura Hills, CA 
91376-1335; 818-879-6161 after 7pm. 



CASE 



6486 



CASE FOfi Sale. Tested, sot. USA, 70's, 80's. Also 
sets and commemoratives. We handle most German 
knives and older American knives. Since 1950. 
Robert Werner, 209 4th St, SW, Cullman, AL 35055, 
205-734-5291. 

CASE KNIVES. 4 display Missing Dot numbered sets 
(16) knives- $600. Kodiak/ Sowie Stage Damascus 
numbered sets- $595, 7-time Dale Earnhardt set- 
$325. #42 complete Richard Petty racing series- 
$1,500. Other sets available. Cash & Carry Stores 
336-835-4405, 

CASH BUYER! Collections/ individual pieces. 
Sensitive to estates/ confidentially assured. 
Uncomfortable? Long-time. multi-publication 
advertiser. References. Dwight Long, 4928 CR 305. 
Grandview, TX 76050. 817-645-2652 or e-mail: 
dprelongfa digitex.net 

OLDER CASE pocketknives for sale. XX, USA, 10 Dot 
and others. Clean outstanding knives with pretty 
handles. Please call or write for my list. Charlie 
Matto!. PO Box 1565, Gallatin. TN 37066. 615- 
452-5774 or 1-800-993-3710, voice mail pager. 
Mobile phone 615-419-5669. 

ROV FAZALARE- Immediate delivery; Reasonable 
Prices! Free List: POB 1335, Agoura Hills, CA 
91376-1335; 818-879-6161 after 7pm. 

WANTED: CASE pocketknives especially 10 Dot and 
older. Check with Charlie before you sell. Call or write. 
Charlie Mattel, PO Sox 1565, Gallatin, TN 37066. 
615-452-5774 or 1-800-993-3710, voice mail 
pager. Mobile phone 615-419-5669. 



CASE CLASSICS 



6492 



CASE CLASSICS 2007-1/2, 3083. 3109x, and 
3091s. Collections or individuals. Call or write: Jimmy 
Brown, 702 Kings Row, Creswell, OR 97426. 541- 
895-4089. 

CASE CLASSICS Series III pattern 6340, eleven 
knives including overruns, $900. 8ob 651-484- 
7044. 



CRIPPLE CREEK FOR SALE 6530 

ROV FAZALARE- immediate delivery; Reasonable 
Prices! Free List: POB 1335, Agoura Hills, CA 
91376-1335; 818-879-6161 after 7pm. 



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6534 



WANTED, ANY knife marked Ca (skill or Brooklyn 
Knife Company. Wayne 561-966-0041. 



FIGHT'N ROOSTER 



6586 FIGHTERS 



ROY FAZALARE- Immediate delivery; Reasonable 
Prices! Free List: POB 1335. Agoura Hills. CA 
91376-1335; 818-879-6161 after 7pm. 

SET OF three 1992 Ohio Sunfish, cracked dice, black 
and green swirl and blue swirl handles, only 100 
produced, SN 75, $319 delivered. Doug 740-385- 
5741. 

WANTED: ANY Peterbilt Club knives. Please call 
before 2pm. Bryan 615-666-7572. 
WORLD'S LARGEST collection of Fight'n Rooster 
Stag elephant toe nails. Collection of twenty four in 
mint condition. Includes one heavy prototype. The 
works for $2,400. Richard McCoy 616-983-5403, 
mornings and evenings. 



FROST 



6592 



GERBER 



6614 



I HAVE a discontinued magnum hunter with green 
armourhide handle in new condition with sheath 
made by Gerber, $150. 219-865-8564, daytime 

only. 

WANTED: GERBER Mark II Combat & Dive knives 
wanted by collector. Prefer pre 1974. Premium paid 
for offset blades, orange, yellow, gold-colored handles, 
dive knives, knives in original boxes, Eddie Bauer 
marked and authenticated Vietnam related. Also want 
early combat and dive scabbards, original paperwork, 
boxes, leg straps and other access. Will buy singles or 
collections. Highest prices paid. Michael Collett, c/o 
Amik, Inc., 10580 SW McDonald, Suite 202. Tigard. 
OR 97224. Ph: 503-684-5799 or 503-662-4670. 
Fax: 503-598-8807. 



PUMA 



6842 



PUMA. KNIFEMAKERS to the world since 1769. 
Finest quality handmade hunting, fishing, and 
collector knives. Color brochure and Bdiscontinued list 
$2. Investment Cutlery, P.O. Box 544B, Auburn, MA 
01501. Your full line Puma dealer. 



REMINGTON 



6876 



REMINGTON BULLET knives, (most years), special 
issues, commemoratives, after market vendor issues, 
bullet posters. 800-622-5120. 

REMINGTON R-2 Waterfowl $19, buy two for $35 
delivered! Send cashiers check, MO: D&M Cutlery, 
27301 Miller Road, Rockbridge, OH 43149. Doug 
740-385-5741. 

REMINGTON REPO bullet knives; R1178, R1306, 
R1263 $25 each. Posters 1990 thru 1994. All five 
$60 prepaid. Jim 702-882-1853. 

REMINGTON 1997 Wildlife knife Series Two, $118 
delivered! Send cashiers check, MO: D&M Cutlery, 
27301 Milter Road, Rockbridge, OH 43149. Doug 
740-385-5741, 



VICTORINOX 



7046 



R.H. FORSCHNER knives, professional cutlery made 
in Switzerland by vlctorinox Co. Send for free catalog. 
C.A.D. Cutlery Co., 14100 Barbara Cirlce, Cooksville, 
MD 21723. Dealer inquiries invited. 410-442-2846. 



BOWIES 



7152 



FISK, COOPERS, Dean, Carter, Hale. Green, 
Erickson, Driskill, Birt, Dunn, Sinyard. If interested 
call: Walt 800-527-8050. 

MATCHING SET Bowies, 4-6-8-10-12 with leather 
sheath hand made by Lile Ivory handles, hand 
engraved made in 1976. $6,000 or best offer. Reaves 
501-967-1029. 

UNFORGIVEN BOWIE Serial number P, was to be 
used as back up blade for Clint Eastwoods film 
Unforgiven, $2,250. 250-766-4000. 



DIVING 


7290 


DIVING KNIVES: Wanted older brass Hardhat diving 
knives. Gilbert Aja, 4 Park Plaza #120, Irvine. CA 
92614. 949-474-1775. Fax 949-553-9133. 


FIGHTERS 


7322 



LIGHTFOOT 7" fighter Tanto style, double edge w/2" 
serrations on bottom edge, fiber grip w/lanyard 
sheath, new $400. asking $350. 504-828-4547. 



7322 



S.R. JOHNSON, Coopers, Rigney, H. Draper. Siska, 
L. Pendleton Luckette, Downing, Pa pp. Hale. If 
interested call: Walt 800-527-8050. 

FOLDING (MULTI-BLADE) 7338 

ROY FAZALARE- Immediate delivery; Reasonable 
Prices! Tony Bose, Terry Davis, Eugene Shad ley, 
many others. Free List: POB 1335, Agoura Hills, CA 
91376-1335; 818-879-6161 after 7pm. 



HUNTING (STRAIGHT) 



7376 



GREEN RIVER Knives, stag, ivory mi carta, buffalo 
horn, oak, with sheath. Brochure $1. York Mountain 
Enterprises, RD #2, Box 272-B, Pittsfield, PA 
16340. 



MACHETES 



7420 



BUSHMASTER, THE "Rolex of machetes 1 . Brushed or 
polished, distal tapered, stainless blades. Handles in 
horn, stag, Micarta or Pakkawood. Sheathes in Kydex 
or top grain leather. Works of art from common tools. 
Miami Machete Works 1-388-810-5260. 



ONE-HAND 



7466 



SPRINGS: BOKER Toplock I, II and Benchmade 
stainless replacement springs, $4.50 ea. M.O. only. 
Rich 212-383-9043. 



SWORDS 



7602 



ORIGINAL ANTIQUE swords, daggers. All periods, 
countries. Many Damascus, Japanese! 40 years 
experience. 20 years mail order. Next 4 full photo 
catalogs $10. Fredericks Antique Swords, 6919 
Westview, Oak Forest, IL 60452. Always Buying! 

WANTED; INDONESIAN and Philippine Swords, Kris, 
Knives, Spears, Shields; good quality antique wanted. 
Roy 516-829-8827. Fax 718-281-2005. 



MISCELLANEOUS 



7674 



THOUSANDS OF Antique Knives, Swords, Pole Arms 
and Armor. Subscription $10,00 per year. W. Fagan 
& Co., Box 425K, Fraser. Ml 48026. 



BOSE (TONY) 



7778 



ROY FAZALARE- Immediate delivery; Reasonable 
Prices! Free List; POB 1335, Agoura Hills, CA 
91376-1335; 818-879-6161 after 7pm. 

COOPER (JOHN NELSON) 7818 

MORE THAN 20 Coopers in my collection. All are in 
excellent condition. Walt 714-496-5844 evenings. 



DAVIS (TERRY) 



7888 



ROY FAZALARE- Immediate delivery; Reasonable 
Prices! Free List: POB 1335, Agoura Hills, CA 
91376-1335; 818-879-6161 after 7pm. 



LOVELESS (BOB) 



8400 



COLLECTOR I will pay top dollar for your Loveless 
knives. Interested in all Logos. Maurizio Leon, phone/ 
fax 407-880-6716 Florida. 

LOVELESS KNIVES wanted: Gordon White, PO Box 
181, Cuthbert, GA 31740. 912-732-6982 anytime. 

WILL BUY your Loveless knives. Looking for older 
logos, particularly Delaware Maid and Loveless- 
Parke. Rhett Stidham, Box 570, Roseland. FL 
32957, Phone 561-589-0618, FAX 589-3162, 



MORAN (BILL) 



8450 



MORAN, HUDSON, Miller, Reeves and other fine 
knives. Visa, Mastercard. Steve Lewis, PO Box 6545, 
Colorado Springs, CO 80934-6545. 719-685-3937. 

W,F. MORAN knives for sale. Folders, ST-23, others. 
Steve Lewis, PO Box 6545, Colorado Springs, CO 
80934-6545. 719-685-3937. 



RANDALL 



8708 



I WILL pay top dollar for old Randall knives with 
Heiser sheaths in good condition. McCotter 252-633- 
5697. 



100/ BLADE 



FEBRUARY 99 



RUANA (RUDY) 



RUANA KNIVES wanted, especially Bowies, Customs 
and older stampings. Also brochures, literature. 
Sticker, 711 McCormack, Ridgeland, MS 39157. 
601-957-2436. stickergrp(rt aol.com 



8788 MISCELLANEOUS HANDMADE 9224 



SCAGEL (WILLIAM) 



8808 



SCAGEL KNIVES and Axes wanted: Gordon White, 
PO Box 181, Cuthbert, GA 31740. 912-732-6982 
anytime, 

WILL BUY your Scagel knives. Top prices paid. 28 
year dealer and collector. Rhett Stidham, Box 570, 
ftoseland, FL 32957. Buying antique knives also. 
561-589-0618. 



SHADLEY (EUGENE) 



8880 



ROY FAZALARE- Immediate delivery; Reasonable 
Prices! Free List: POB 1335, Agoura Hills, CA 
91376-1335; 818-879-6161 after 7pm. 

MISCELLANEOUS HANDMADE 9224 

A&J - Custom Knives For Sale- W.F. Moran, Jr., Horn, 
S. Hoel, H.H. Frank, Loveless, Lake and many other 
top makers on hand. Full line of trie Al Mar line. A&J 
Enterprises, Box 1343 SSS, Springfield, MO 65805. 
417-335-2171. Buy, sell, trade or consignment. 
$2.00 lor list. 

A&J - Custom Knives Wanted- W.F. Moran, Jr., Horn, 
S. Hoel, H.H. Frank, Loveless, Lake and many other 
top makers. The Al Mar line. A&J Enterprises, Box 
1343 SSS, Springfield, MO 65805. 417-335-2171. 
Buy, sell, trade or consignment. 12.00 for list. 

AZCK- CUSTOM knives for sale. Top makers, low 
prices, great service. Color catalog $3. Arizona 
Custom Knives, Jay and Karen Sadow, 8617 E. 
Clydesdale, Scottsdale, AZ 85258. 602-951-0699. 
Buy, sell, consign. 

BLANKENSHIP CUSTOM made knives. Hunting, 
fillet, skinning, trout, bowies. Send for free brochure. 
Craig Blankenship, Rt. 2 Box 378, Norwood, MO 
65717. 

BUSFIELD CUSTOM made knives. Walt 800-527- 
8050. 

CARLIN CUSTOM made stag horn hunting knives. 
High quality, practical, collectible. Send $2 for 
pictures and prices, refundable with order. 5657 
Kentucky Rd., Neosho, MO 64850. 417-776-8744. 

CARTER, FRED Daggers, fighters, folders. Serious 
inquiries only. Walt 800-527-8050. 

LAKE, FOLDER, Lever- lock, Pearl inlay, Gold pins, 
tooth pick, $3,800, others available from my 
collection. SASE for list, Frank, 4577 Carambola 
Circle South, Coconut Creek, FL 33066. 954-978- 
8614. 

DIGBY'S FINE Custom Knives- from Sheffield, 
England. Send for details. Also, reputable dealers 
required. Digby's, 1050 E. Piedmont Rd., Suite 
E230, Marietta, GA 30062. 

EUROCHASSE - Custom Knives for sale- Schmidt. 
Horn, Lake, Loveless. Buy, Sell, Trade. 203-625- 
9501. 

HAND CRAFTED Frontier and Revolutionary War 
Knives. Indian Daggers, many custom Bowies 
available. All knives come with custom sheaths, $90- 
$300. Send $3 for color photos to: George Sweeney. 
171 Dean St., Mansfield, MA 02048. Bladesmith 
508-339-5509. 

HANDMADE KNIVES for sale- Herron, Lile, Fisk, 
Broadwell. Hibben and other top makers from my 
collection. SASE for list. Michael, 9007 
Chrysanthemum Or., Boynton Beach. FL 33437, 
561-369-2993. 

HARVEY DRAPER, Bowie Fighters, Elk Hunter, Elmer 
Keith. Walt 714-496-5844 evenings. 

WANTED: ALL top custom makers. Buy, sell, 

consign. Arizona Custom Knives. Jay and Karen 
Sadow, 8617 E. Clydesdale, Scottsdale, AZ 85258. 
602-951-0699. Color catalog $3. 

WANTED; ANY condition handmade knives; Randal!, 
Scagef, Ruana, F.S. Richtig, Morseth, Bone, Cooper, 
Loveless, Moran, Lile, etc. Also military knives and 
pocketknives, watches. Send description and price to: 
Angelo Solino, 201 Toronto Ave., Massapequa, NY 
11758. 516-798-4252. 

WANTED: SCAGEL, R.H. Ruana, Randall, Loveless, 
Morseth, Remington, and Marbles knives and axes. 
Any Heiser knife or axe sheaths. 912-732-6982, 
anytime. Gordon White, Box 181, Cuthbert, GA 
31740. 



WE BUY custom made knives. Also looking for any 
size collection of Randall and Loveless. Eurochasse, 
398 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, CT 06830. Tel: 
203-625-9501, Fax: 203-761-9963, Attn: Hani. 

W.F. MORAN Hudson. Randall. Reeves, Carson and 
other fine knives for sale. Steve Lewis. PO Box 6545, 
Colorado Springs, CO 80934-6545. 719-685-3937. 



WWII- GERMAN 



9445 



FALLSCHIRMJAGER, PARATROOPER German 
gravity knife, WWII style. 6-inch blade w/marlin spike, 
green grips, used good cond. $65. Safety cord for 
knife $15 (rare). 3 day return privilege. M.O. or 
cashiers check. Personal check must clear, Howland, 
2328 Arcdale Ave., Rowland Hgts., CA 91748. 909- 
594-6197. 



WWII VETERANS. Buying German war booty for top 
dollar. Specific interest: Swords, daggers, bayonets. 
LTC Thomas Johnson, 312 Butler Road, #403, 
Fredericksburg, VA 22405. 540-373-9150. 



BOOKS/ MAGAZINES/ VIDEOS 9700 



BLADESMITHING BOOKS on knife making, tooling, 
techniques. Free brochure. Oak and Iron Publishing, 
Box 1038, Kingston, WA 98346-1038, 
(oaknironCrisilverlink.net), (www.silverlink.neV 

oakandiron/) Gene Chapman 360-297-2495. 

BOOKS - Are you a Knife Buff? We have books, 
600+ titles. We also buy books. Send LSA2SE to; 
D&B Knife Readables, PO Box 3405, Area B, 
Pearland, TX 77588-3405. E-mail; 

dbknreadti; npwt.net 

FOR YOUR copy of "The Using Knife, Design and 
Function" send $5.00 (includes shipping) to: Ed 
Fowler. Willow Bow Ranch, PO Box 1519. Riverton, 
WY 82501. 



HOW TO Make Custom Quality Knife Leather, 1 :48 
VHS instructional video. George Cubic, Leathersmith, 
shows you step by step techniques to build a pouch 
sheath with a camlock welt and a scabbard style 
sheath. You'll learn decorative touches and lots of 
extra's. Send check or MO for $29.95 plus $3.50 
S&H. To: GC Custom Leather Co., 10561 E, Deerfield 
PL, Tucson, AZ 85749. 520-760-5988. 



KNIFE MAKING for beginners, a book on making 
knives by grinding, filing and sanding. Low cost and 
low tech. Send $12,50 plus $2 S&H to: Tom Rogers. 
119 N, Haven Dr., Kalispell, MT 59901. 

NEW BOOK- "600 SCOUT KNIVES", covers official 
folding, sheath, eating, cooking, craft, 
commemorative, appreciation knives for Boy Scouts, 
Girl Scouts, Brownie, Cubs, Explorers, foreign, 
leaders. Also iists 138 unofficial knives. Explains 
scout policy changes, history. Describes markings on 
66% knives, 320 photos. 178 pages. Send $13 (add 
extra for overseas shipping) to: Joseph Kerr, 2473 
Vale Drive, Birmingham, AL 35244, 

THREE OUTSTANDING instructional knife making 

videos by Bill Moran. "Making of a knive" 90 minutes 
$55. "Damascus" 90 minutes $55. "Handles, 
Guards, and Sheaths" 2 hours 20 minutes $65. 
Including shipping and handling. Carole Sanford, PO 
Box 2077, Otympia, WA 98507. 



VIDEO: FROM Bearing to Blade to Finished Knife, an 
in depth discussion and demonstration of forging 
techniques that lay the foundation for a high 
performance knife by ABS Master Smith, Ed Fowler. A 
full 122 minutes of "Knife Talk" for the man who 
wants to understand Knife Function and Design, be he 
a knife maker or connoisseur of high performance 
knives. High performance heat treating techniques 
performed before the camera, that can be done in 
your shop without the necessity of expensive and 
unnecessary "Hi-Tech" equipment. $48.50 incl. 
shipping. Ed Fowler, PO Box 1519, Riverton, WY 
82501. Phone 307-856-9815. 



CATALOGS/ MAIL ORDER 9710 

LISTS _^^___ 

"A KNIFE Seller on the Net! Antiques, factory, 
custom. Also, sell out-of-print books and small 

antique items, www.omgkmves.com" 

ALL CANADIANS, order from Canadian dealer 
specializing in quality knives by mail order. Some of 
the quality brands carried are: Beretta, Boker, 
Browning Knives, Buck. Chris Reeve, Coast, Cold 
Steel, DMT, Gerber, Kate Knives, Leatherman, Puma, 
Sitva, SOG, Spyderco, Victorinox, Wenger. To receive 
a catalog, please send your name, address, phone 
number, and $2,00 for postage to: Knives A' Plenty 
Inc., PO Box 67052, St. Lambert, Quebec J4R 2T8. 

ANTIOUE KNIVES list of over 200 knives and related 
items. Send $1 to cover mailing to: Roger Woriey, 
3611 Pasadena Dr., Boise, ID 83705. 208-344- 
4625. 

BELOW WHOLESALE cost, going out of business. 
health reasons, catalog of over 900 different, send $3 
(postage and handling) Cut & Run Cutlery, Box 8088, 
West Chester, OH 45069. 

BENCHMADE, SOG, Cold steel. Gerber, Spyderco, 
Case, Buck, Remington, Leatherman, Ontario, Smith 
& Wesson, Puma, and more. Huge discounts! Free 
list. Visa, MasterCard, AX, Discover, gladly accepted. 
Knives Plus Mail Order 800-687-6202. 

BULLDOG BRAND- Fight'n Rooster- Cripple Creek- 
Handmade Folders: Roy Fazalare, POB 1335. Agoura 
Hills, CA 91376-1335; 818-879-6161. Free List! 

CANADIAN DEALER serving the collector tor the past 

5 years. Hundreds of brand name knives in stock for 
immediate delivery; Benchmade, Cold Steel, SOG, 
and more! Marto and Gladius swords as well. Phone 
or fax for price and delivery. Thousands of satisfied 
customers. Mailorder to Canada and U.S. Visit us at 
our new location when in Toronto at the Woodbine 
Shopping Centre across from the Woodbine Racetrack 
at Rexdale Blvd. and Hwy. 27, Rexdale, Ont. 15 
minutes from the airport, S&R Knives Inc.. Rexdale, 
Ontario. PH# 416-675-6464, FAX 416-675-6465. 
Visa & AMEX accepted. 

COLLECTOR GRADE knives- Queen, Schatt, Morgan 

6 Robeson. Ka Bar, Remington, and Case. We stock 
the complete line of Queen knives, including Spec 
Pius. We have Knifepaks and cases. Contact us for 
your needs. Send $2.00 for our latest catalog. S&S 
and Sons Cutlers, PO Box 50 1C. Lomita. CA 90717. 

DISCOUNT PRICES on all knife brands. Cold Steel, 
United, Marto, Boker, Iberia, Benchmade; new 
catalog format! $4,50 per expanded quarterly catalog. 
Refunded on first order. LS Products, 1454 Rockaway 
Parkway, Suite 240-62, Brooklyn, NY 11236. 

DISCOUNTS UP to 55% on name brand knives; 
Case, Columbia River, Buck, EDI, Puma, Hen and 
Rooster, Bulldog, Henckets, Smith and Wesson, 
Gerber, Boker. Benchmade, Spyderco, Schrade, many 
more. Free catalog. Sooner State Knives, 401 E. 
Main, Kanawa, OK 74849, 580-925-3708 VISA/MC, 

EUROPEAN KNIVES: Puma, Diefenthal, Wenger, 
Helle, Marttini, EKA, Laguiole, Opinel, NietO. Get 
them directly where they are made. Visa, MC and 
Amex welcome. Visit our web site: http://www.tool- 
shop.com/ or send fax requests to: +4930-4623737. 

FOR SALE: Antique, custom and factory pocket 
knives, folders, fixed blades, dirks, daggers, bowies. 
military, razors, swords, primitive and ethnic. Current 
catalog free. $18 for one year's subscription of 
monthly pictured catalogs. Northwest Knives and 
Collectibles 503-362-9045, anytime. 

FOR SALE Custom made knives. Call for free 
brochure. Scott 310-377-8609, leave message 
anytime. 

KNIFE LIST; Usually 200+ old/ new/ discontinued 
items. $1 (refundable) and large SASE to: Knives, 
1426 S, 167th St.. Omaha. NE 68130. 

LIST OF over 300 Antique Knives, Including Ka-Bar, 
Grizzly, Presto, Flylock, Case, Remington, Lata ma, 
Italian pick locks and many more brands. Send $3.00 
refundable with first order. Skelton Enterprise, Jerry 
Skelton, 3795 Hwy, 188, Alamo. TN 38001, 901- 
656-2443. Request list "S". 

THE WORLD'S Best Antique and Collectible Knife 
Catalog, Fully illustrated, 4 catalogs per year. 
Subscription rates: $8 USA and Possessions, $16 
Foreign. Visa and Mastercard accepted. Jim and 
Cindy Taylor, Box 624, Mansfield, MA 02048 USA. 
508-226-5157. 24 hour fax line 508-222-7644. 

THROWING KNIFE catalog and instruction sheet sent 
free for SASE to: Tru-Balance Knife Co.. PO Box 
140555. Grand Rapids, Ml 49514. 



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Jennex Introduces An 
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>y laying the plastic handle of the 
jJennex knife sharpener flat, the 
'chrome-plated, steel rods are readyj 
to sharpen straight or serrated edges. 

For more information contact Jennex 
Co., attn: T. Ries, Dept. BL2, 5222 Tractor 
Rd., Toledo, OH 43612 (419) 478-4300. 



Bergland Releases 
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[ric Bergland hand forged the 4 1/2- 
inch, 1084 blade of his Scandina- 
Ivian-style Birch Puukko model 
with a birch burl handle and a tanned, 
embossed, steer-hide sheath. 

For more information contact Eric 
Bergland, Dept. BL2, POB 186, Blue 
River, OR 97413 (541) 822-3459. 




Leckhart Unleashes 
Fantasy Broadsword 

Scott Lockhart's 38-inch broad- 
| sword features a nickel -plated, tool 
steel blade with a pine handle 
wrapped in deer skin and brass wire. 

For more information contact D.S. 
Lockhart, Dept. BL2, 10 Wood St., Barrie, 
Ontario, Canada L4N 2T1 (705) 726-2778. 





SOG Ushers In Tool 
With All The "Fixin's" 

The SOG 16-feature, stainless steel 
PowerLock includes a scissors, ruler, 
screwdrivers, knife blades and more. 
For more information contact SOG 
Specialty Knives, attn: Vicky Karshna, 
Dept. BL2, 6521 212th St. SW, Lynnwood, 
WA 98036 (425) 771-6230. 



Mann Forges Knife 
From A Truck Spring 

Mike Mann's Hudson Bay model 
sports a 5160, truck- leaf -spring 
blade and a walnut handle. 
For more information contact Mike 
Mann, Dept. BL2, POB 144, Spirit Lake, 
ID 83869 (509) 994-9394. 




McGowan Combines 
A Knife, Sharpener 
And Sheath In One 

cGowan's 6-inch, stainless steel 
boning/fillet knife rides in a 
polyethylene sheath/sharpener. 
For more information contact 
McGowan, Mfg., attn: Frank McGowan, 
Dept. BL2, 25 Michigan St., Hutchinson, 
MN 55350 (800) 342-4810. 





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FEBRUARY 99 



Yeates Builds Early 
Texas Frontier Bowie 

Joe Yeates showcases a 10 1/2-inch, 
early-Texas-frontier bowie with an 
O-l blade, an iron guard and a brass 
collar, but! plate and finial. 

For more information contact Joe 
Yeates, Dept. BL2, 730 Saddlewood, 
Spring, TX 77381 (281) 367-2765. 




PPC Furnaces Fire 
Up For Knifemaking 

PPC Specialty Metals offers auto- 
matic-temperature-controlled 
furnaces with ideal-for-knife-shop 
heat ranges between 250-2,250" F. 

For more information contact PPC 
Specialty Metals, Inc., attn: Frank Poin- 
dexter, Dept. BL2, 1504 Miller St., 
Monroe, NC 28110 (704) 283-9122. 



Blankenship Unveils 
»-Point Fixed Blade 



Craig Blankenship debuts a clip -point 
hunter with a 6-inch, 440-C blade 
and a sambar stag handle. 
For more information contact Craig 
Blankenship, Dept. BL2, Rt. 2, Box 378, 
Norwood, MO 65717 (417) 948-2471, 




COLLECTIONS 



9720 FACTORY REPS WANTED 



9750 KNIFE CLUBS/ SOCIETIES 9810 



ANTIQUE, COLLECTIBLE, and Limited various knives 
for sale. Good prices. Wayne 561-966-0041, 
COLLECTION OF knives by Master maker Mick 
Langley, including some of his earliest work. Many 
very fine examples; most are damascus, with ivory, 
bone or coco-bolo grips. Photos available. Evenings, 
Ed 801-486-9397. 

CUSTOM FOLDER collection for sale known makers 
send SASE or call. Charlie Hobbs, P0 Box 625, 
Seymour, TN 37865, 423-577-2005. 



CUSTOM KNIVES from the 70's, early eighties. Hale, 
OQG, M.H. Franklin, Warenski. Crawford, Hubbard. 
Fikes, Fox and others. 978-365-4610. 



FOR SALE: 2 Queer knife displays, 50 professional 
meat cutting knives, saws and steels, and antique 
knife collection. SASE: PO Box 517. Barnardsville, NC 
28709. 



RARE AND unusual custom folder collection by 
famous makers. Serious inquiries only. John 717- 
767-2999, 



WARENSKI, EMBRETSON, Rocket, Polk, and more. 
Will break collection. Call Ed 208-884-3861 . E-Mail: 
ed@teleconn.net or: ed@iecgroup.com 



SALES REPRESENTATIVE wanted. Importers for 
hunting/ sporting knives seeks established & 
aggressive sales representatives for all territories. 
Call/ mail or fax resume to: Sigma Impex Inc., 140 
Ethel Rd., Suite #A, Psscataway, NJ 08554. Ph. 
732-248-9696, fax 732-248-9666. 



HANDLE MATERIALS 



9770 



EXOTIC HARDWOOD knife scales and blocks, clear 
solid wood blanks, free price list. Send SASE to: 
Don's, HC 70, Box 3321, Sahuarita, AZ 85629. 520- 
625-5067. 



HINTZ WOODZ is back! The quality Is still the same. 
"See before you buy." For a complete listing send $3 
and SASE to: Hintz Woodz, 34828 169th Ave. S.E., 
Auburn. WA 98092. 



WILD WOODS the World's Source for Color 
Impregnated knife handle woods. Burls and Curly 
Maple in stock. Please call for your free brochure. 
Wild Woods 419-866-0435, 



KNIFE CASES/ DISPLAYS 



9800 



RANDALL COLLECTORS: The Randall Knife Club 
now has over 2,000 members and was formed with 
the approval of Randall Made Knives, Orlando. Your 
dues buys quarterly newsletter, classified ads, current 
news about Randalls and more. Send $15 yearly dues 
to: The Randall Knife Society Inc., PO Box 539. 
Roseland, FL 32957. 



KNIFEMAKING INSTRUCTION 9850 



FREE INFO. Slip joints, lockers, autos. Build your 
own from my designs. SASE to: Art Stagnitta, 7060 
Leopard Gate, Littleton, CO 80124. 

KNIFE FORGING Classes [2 day continuing 
workshop) leam traditional knifemaking with forge, 
anvil and hammer. Make your own knife with new, 
modern tool steel. All materials provided. Cost $300 
per person. 707-823-4057. Karl Schroen, 4042 
Bones Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472. 

KNIFEMAKING LESSONS. In great area for family 
trip between Cincinatti and Indianapolis. 18 years full 
time Guild member. Ken Largin Kelgin Knives! 3-day 
lessons $595. OR 1-day "Make-your-own knife" 
workshop $295. Satisfaction Guaranteed, 765-647- 
0003. 



ENGRAVING 



9740 



LEARN TO Engrave for tun or money. Call today for 
our Free catalog on Gun and Knife engraving. GRS 
Tools. 1-800-835-3519. www.glendo.com 



LEARN TO ENGRAVE knives and more in your spare 
time. It's rewarding and profitable. Free details, full 
catalog. GRS, 1-800-835-3519. 

FEBRUARY 99 



ALL CASES assembled with brass hardware, mitered 
joints and doweled for extra strength. Made from hand 
selected walnut, oak, or other hardwood. Hand 
stained and satin finished. Standard sizes: 6x9, 9x12, 
12x18, 18x24. Flag, gun, sword and other custom 
cases available, Paul c/o Veteran's Display Cases, 1- 
888-9VETCAS. 



HANDCRAFTED DISPLAY cases, many sizes starting 
at 6x10x2 $13, custom made knife, gun, sword 
eases. Color Broc. $2. D&M Woodcrafts, 5363 
Oakwood Dr., North Ton awanda, NY 14120. 1-800- 
498-7820. 



KNIFEMAKING SUPPLIES 



9875 



AAA IRON WOOD Patterned scales, 9/16x1 -l/2"x5", 
the best, $20 pod., three sets $50 ppd. Hiltary 
Diamond, 4160 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 
85251, 602-994-5752, FAX 602-994-3680, Visa, 
AmEx. MC, Discover. 

ANCIENT IVORY For Sale: Both fossil walrus and 
mammoth. Exceptional colors including blues and 
greens. Fantastic for knife handles, scrimshaw and 
carving. Rick B. Fields, 26401 Sandwich Place, Mt. 
Plymouth, FL 32776. Phone/ Fax 352-383-6270. 



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Kershaw And Onion 
Team On Task Knife 

The Kershaw Mini Task Knife 
designed by Ken Onion features an 
ATS-34 blade, a G-10 handle and a 
Speed Safe opening mechanism. 

For more information contact Kershaw 
Knives, attn: Doug Flagg, Dept. BL2, 5300 
S.W. Parkway Ave., Wilsonville, OR 
97070(800)325-2891, 



Stout Prepares A 
Fluted-lvory Handle 

Johnny Stout offers The Dominator 
locking liner with an ATS-34 blade, 
a fluted -ivory handle and mokume' 
bolsters. 

For more information contact Johnny 
Stout, Dept. BL2, 1205 Forest Tr., New 
Braunfeis, TX 78132 (830) 629-1011. 



Balbach Combines 
Wood And Damascus 

arkus Balbach offers damascus 

i and meteorite fixed blades with 

I wood handles. 

For more information contact Markus 

Balbach, Dept. BL2, Friedrichstra 2, D- 

35789 Weilmunster-Laubus, Germany 49 

(0)6475-8911. 





KNIFEMAK1NG SUPPLIES 



9875 KNIFE SHOPS 



9890 KNIFE SHOPS 



9890 



FOLDER SUPPLIES: Stainless screws taps, threaded 
pivot pins. IBS int., R.B, Johnson, Box 11, 
Clearwater, MN 55320. 320-553-6128. 
FOLDER SUPPLIES: Threaded pivot pins, screws, 
taps, inlays, reamers. R.B. Johnson, IBS Intl.. PO 
Box 11, Clearwater MN 55320, 320-558-6128. 

FOSSIL IVORY, Oosik, fossil bone. Send $2 for price 
list. April through October: Box 350, Ester, Alaska 
99725. November through March: Roland Quimby. 
Box 3175-RB, Casa Grande, Arizona 85222. Roland 
907-479-9335. 

IVORY LEGAL African elephant sold in full tusks or 
sections. Alan Zanotti, 20 Braunecker Rd,, Plymouth, 
MA 02360. 508-746-8552. 

IVORY PRE-8AN African elephant sold in slabs, tusk 
sections, and whole tusks. Warther Museum, 
Sugarcreek, OH 330-852-3455. 

MANKEL'S 130# shop anvils. Natural gas or propane 
fired shop forges. Tongs and hammers. Good used trip 
hammers. Call for prices. Mankel 516-874-6955. 

POWER HACKSAW blades. Makes great knives. 
These are the good older ones, not the welded edge 
type. Average size 1-3/4x15". $3.50 each plus ship. 
Old Knife Shop, 8039 Beach Blvd.. Buena Park, CA 
90620. 714-527-2953. 

STEEL FROM Circular Sawmill Blades. Will cut to 
size, 50«/sq. inch. Rodney Shirk, 11506 Shank Rd,, 
Clear Spring. MD 21722, Fax: 301-842-3078. E- 
mail: rlshirkrjtnfis.com 

STEEL TANG Stamps: Mark your knives with your 
name, logo or design, Quality hand-cut hardened steel 
stamps made to your specifications. "If it's worth 
making, it's worth marking." Established 1898. Henry 
A. Evers, Corp. 72 Oxford St., Providence, Rl 02905. 
401-781-4767. 

TITANIUM 6AL4V, 020 to 125, $30 per pound. Can 
cut to your sizes. Dealer discounts. Jim 619-448- 
2799. 



ARIZONA KNIFE Source, Quality custom, production, 
and collectables for less. Around the world or in 
Phoenix, we're best, find out why. 888-86KN1FE or 
www.azknife.com 



CASE FOR sale: Tested, XX, USA, 70s, 80s, also old 
sets. We handle most German knives, new knives in 
case, Puma, Schrade, Boker, Bulldog, etc. Business 
since 1950. Robert Werner Co., 209 4th St. SW, 
Cullman, AL 35055. 256-734-5291. 



EDGY TOOLS. Featuring Chris Reeve, Mad Dog, The 
Wicked Knife Co., Microtech. Bench made, Spyderco. 
Special orders. Check our web site http://www.edgy- 
tools.com 



KNIVES, SWORDS, bayonets and hundreds of name 
brand cutlery items. New and used. Special orders 
welcome. The Knife Pocket, 2620 Airport Hwy., 
Toledo, OH 43609. 419-381-8029. 
NORTHEAST KNIFE Collectors. Why wait for a knife 
show? Don't miss out. Open 7 days a week. Easy to 
drive to. Visit our 10,000 sq. ft. store with over 400 
custom knives by makers you will know. Featuring 
over 60 Randall made knives in stock, also area's 
largest selection of fine production blades 
Benchmade and Microtech Autos. A trip well worth 
it! Guy- sell- trade. We will ship UPS if you live too 
far. Give us a call. Also full line Orvis dealer. MC/ 
Visa, Discover, AmEx. Garry at Cubeta's Field & 
Stream, Rt. 66, Middlefield, CT 06455. 800-282- 
3827. 

"SCOTTSDALE ARIZONA" opening June. 5500' 

custom knife store, 4160 N. Scottsdale Rd., 

Scottsdale, A2 85251. 602-994-5752. Buy, sell, 
trade. 



SHARP STUFF. Be sure to visit Arizona's largest retail 
shop for antique and custom knives, if you ever get to 
Tucson. Sharp Stuff is a full cutlery shop. We buy, 
sell, and trade in the shop or at shows only. 3655 
North Campbell Ave. at Prince. 520-881-0327. 



SWORDS HANDMADE spring steel. Full tang, 3/4x1/ 
4". Heat treated to R51. Very tough- suitable for real 
or stage combat. 3 blade styles: short, single-handed, 
2-handed. Retail $225 USD plus shipping and up. 
Visa, M/C, Amex. South Tower Armouring Guild, PO 
Box 22 1 , Metcalfe, Ontario, Canada KOA 2 PO. Phone 
613-821-1846, fax 613-821-9947, 

stagfji'cyberus.ca http://www.southtower.on.ca 

Dealers inquiries welcome. 

TRADER BILL'S Knife Shop. Benchmade, Spyderco, 
Kershaw, Cold Steel, Buck, Case, United, Grohmann. 
Zippo Collectables, Sentry Tuf-cloth. Other major 
brands. Special ordering available. 4005 Pio Nono 
Plaza, Macon, GA 31206. 912-781-2482. 1-75 Exit 
49. 

TRAPPER JON'S Knives- full service store A to Z. 
Discount prices. Buy- sell- trade. Free list. We ship. 
MC/Visa. Visit at RR I, Box 111, Rte. 104E, New 
Hampton, NH 03256. 603-744-3786, Fax 603- 
744-2921. Email: mcarpr5cyberportal.net 



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CUSTOM LEATHER knife sheaths in your design or 
mine. Write or call: Robert Schrap, 7024 W. Wells 
St., Wauwatosa, Wl 53213. 414-771-6472 
evenings. 

FINE FOLDERS deserve protection. Ron Lake and 
Mike Walker send their folders with one of these soft 
goatskin, ultrasuede lined slips. Four sizes for pocket 
or belt. Ame Mason, 125 Wimer, Ashland, OR 
97520. 541-482-2260, fax 541-482-7785, e-mail: 
cases@arnemason.com 

QUALITY KYDEX Sheaths- Straight forward, durable 
designs, strong light-weight made tor rugged activity. 
Call or write, Scott Hendryx Design, 5997 Smokey 
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208-377-2601. 

TOUGH HANDSEWN sheaths, built to be used, 
custom fitted to your knife. Holsters too, Dennis 530- 
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FEBRUARY 99 



MEMORABILIA (KNIFE) 



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Bowie Knives, Avoyelles Parish, October 1979, 40 
pages 1 1x14, forward by William Williamson and his 
Bowie Knives. $140 delivered. Marty Levine. 4601 
Suite Dr., Huntington Beach, CA 92649. 714-846- 
1525. 

MULTIPLE BRANDS WANTED 9936 

BEER ADVERTISING knives, beer advertising letter 
openers, beer advertising icepicks and any related 
catalogs and other ephemera wanted. Send 
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quality, approximately 1 month turn around. PO Box 
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Quality Scrimshaw, reasonably priced, quick turn 
around. See: http://members.aol. com/ 1 scrim too 630- 
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artwork, reasonable prices, satisfaction guaranteed 
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CUSTOM STABILIZATION: Full acrylic impregnation 
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available with new "no smell" formula. Wood 
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CUSTOM STABILIZATION: Full acrylic impregnation 
of wood, ivory, bone, etc. We sell wood handle 
material. We also dye: 3 colors available with new 
"No Smell" formula. New lower rates available. Wood 
Stabilizing Specialists, Inc. 800-301-9774. Visit us at 
our website: http://www.waterloowood.com 

KNIFE BEPAIR and restoration (pocket, skinning, 
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buckskin, sinew, etc. Moscow Hide and Fur. On- Line 
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carvings, elephant tusks, walrus, hippo, warthog, 
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ADVERTISERS' INDEX 



A & J Enterprises 87 

A.G. Russell Knives, Inc. 
72 

ABC Direct 90 

Al Mar Knives 30 

American Bladesmith 

Society 89 

Americana Ltd 93 

Arizona Custom Knives 

125 

Arkansas Custom Knife 

Show 55 

Art Knife Collector's 

Assoc 16 

B 

Bear MGC Cutlery 36 

Beauchamp, Gaetan ..,.89 
Beck's Cutlery & 

Specialties 88 

Benchmade Knife Co. ..23 

Bergland, Eric 92 

Blackstone 72 

Blade Knives 59, 67 

Blade Shows 

74,75, 120, 121 

Bladens Knife & Tool ....86 
Blanchard's Fine Cutlery 

83 

Blue Mountain Turquoise 

18 

Blue Ridge Knives. .51, 94 

Bob Dozier Knives 93 

Boker USA 15 

Boye Knives 53 

Burke, Dan 93 

Busse Combat Knife Co. 

19 



C.A.S. Iberia 24, 132 

Camillus Cutlery Co 39 

Centaur Forge Ltd 38 

CFI 37 

Chris Reeve Knives 88 

Coast Cutlery Co 49 

Cobra Imports Ltd., Inc.. 85 

Coleman, Keith 95 

Collectibles Insurance 

Agency.. 81 

Columbia River 

49,51, 127, 129 

Craft Blade Works 95 

Craig Shelton Custom 

Knives 77 

Custom Knife Company. .45 

Cutchin, Roy 94 

Cutlery Shoppe 95 

Cutlery Specialties 84 



Denton, J 96 



Edge Design, Inc 129 

Elishewitz Custom Knives 

95 

Emerson Knives 87 



Fallkniven 77 

Farid 95 

Franklin Mint 17 

Frost Cutlery 88 



G.L. Pearce Abrasive Co. 

96 

Gallagher Knife & Photo 



.20 
Gary Levine Fine Knives 

16 

Gaston, Ron 16 

Gatco 73 

Gigand Company Ltd 5 

Glendo Corp 92 

Grohmann Knives Ltd. .81 
Gutmann Cutlery, Inc.. 5, 9 

H 

Hagen, Doc 87 

Halpern Titanium 84 

Hanna, Jack 95 

Harper Manufacturing ..90 

Hartsfield, Phill 92 

Horsehead Creek Knives 
96 

I 
Ironstone 88 



Lansky Sharpeners 36 

Las Vegas Classic Knife 

Show 41 

Lightfoot Knives 41 

Lile Handmade Knives. .125 

LMS Stamping Co 96 

Lohman Company 86 

Lone Star Wholesale. ...89 

Ml 

Magnum USA 86 

Masecraft Supply 93 

Masters of Defense Knife 

Co 61 

Matthews Cutlery 87 

McDonald, Rich 85 

McGowan Manufacturing 

Co 73 

Microtech 54 

Mission Knives & Tools ..68 

Morris, Eric 96 

Moteng International Inc. 

11 

Mother of Pearl Company 

18 

Muir & McDonald 113 

N 

National Knife Distributors 

84 

NC Tool Company 91 

Nealy, Bud 83 

Newsletter 87 

Nordic Knives 113 



Outdoor Edge Cutlery 
Corp 6J 



Jantz Supply 32, 82 

Johnson, Ruffin 96 

Joy Enterprises 111 

JT's Knife Shop 91 

JTD Knives 92 



Ka-Bar Knives 29 

Katz Knives 33 

Kershaw Knives 7 

Klotzli, Burgdorf 68 

Knife & Gun Finishing 

Supplies 111 

Knife Art. Com 85 

Koval Knives & Supplies ..94 
Kris Cutlery 88 



Paragon Cutlery Co. Inc. 

31 

Paragon Industries 64 

Paragon Sporting Goods 

Co. Inc 126 

Patrick Custom Knives. .91 

Perkins, Sean 96 

Plaza Cutlery 91 

Pullen, Martin 94 



RFG Safe And Knife 68 

Round Eye Knife & Tool ...94 

Russell Harrington Cutlery 

27 



Santa Fe Stoneworks. ...45 

Sentry Solutions Ltd 45 

Seto Cutlery 92 

Sheffield Knifemakers 

Supply 90 

Shepherd Hills Walnut 2 

Show Masters 90 

Skylands Cutlery 86 

Smith Abrasives, Inc 20 

Smithy 93 

SOG Specialty Knives Inc. 

127 

Southern California Blades 

117 

Spyderco 3, 57 

Stamascus Knife Works 

Corp 83 

Szilaski, Joseph 91 



Texas Knifemakers Supply 

117 

Tighe, Brian 64 

Tinives 8, 86 

Tippmann Industrial 

Products 33 

Treestump Leather 89 

Tru-Grit 83 

Tru-Hone Corporation,..,85 
Twisted Nickel Knives....90 

U 

U.S. Cutlery 94 

Ultra Speed Productions. .96 

United Cutlery 25 

Universal Agencies Inc.. 92 



Vagnino, Michael 91 

Voyles, J. Bruce 91 

W 

W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery 

Co 63, 131 

Watts, Wally 90 

William, Henry Knives ...29 
Willy B. Custom 

Sticks/Picks 89 

Wolverine Knife Collectors 

89 

World of Weapons 84 

The advertisers' index is provided as a reader service. Occasional last-minute changes may result in ads appearing on pages other than 

those listed here. The publisher assumes no liability for omissions or errors. 



Randall Made Knives ...84 
Razor Edge Systems Inc. 

43 

Reba's Enterprises 87 

Red Canyon Custom 

Knives 68 



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FEBRUARY 99 



Note: Shows marked with an asterisk (*) have knives as the main exhibited item. 



NOVEMBER 



Nov, 28-29 Tern ecu la, CA 5th Annual Custom 
& Art Knife Exhibition & Sale. Contact Jim 
Ferguson (909) 676-2634 or Barry Posner 
(818)752-8005.* 

Nov. 28-29 Springdale, AR Ozark Regional 
Gun & Knife Show. Contact Jay Breslau (501 ) 
751-7951 or Steve Johns (501) 751-2553. 



DECEMBER 



Dec. 4-6 Pigeon Forge, TN Greatest Knife 
Show On Earth XVI. Contact Parkers Knife 
Collector Service (800) 247-0599 or (423) 892- 
0448.* 

Dec. 12-13 St. Louis, MO Heart Of America 
Knife Show VII. Contact Mike Helms, Dept. 
BL, 310 Andrews Tl.. St. Peters, MO 63376 
(314)928-5775.* 

Dec. 13 Timonium, MD 12th Annual Chesa- 
peake Knife Show. Contact Ted Merchant, 
Dept. BL, POB 126. While Hall, MD 21161 
(410) 343-0380.* 



JANUARY 1999 



Jan. 2-3 Roanoke, VA Roanoke Valley Gun 
& Knife Show. Contact Annette Gelles (814) 
472-5520. 

Jan. 22-24 Chattanooga, TN NKCA Chatta- 
nooga Knife Show. Contact NKCA Business 
Office (800) 548-3907.* 

Jan. 29-30 Novi, Ml Wolverine Knife Collec- 
tors Show. Contact Pal Donovan (810) 247- 
5883.* 

Jan, 29-30 Orlando, FL 4th Annual Florida 
Art Knife Invitational. Contact Mitch Weiss. 
Dept. BL. 2211 Lcc Rd., Ste. 104. Winter 
Park. FL 32789 (407) 740-8778.* 

Jan. 29-31 Plant City, FL 21st Annual Gator 
Cutlery Club Show. Call Dan Picrgallini (813) 
754-3908.* 



FEBRUARY '99 



Feb. 5-7 Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas Classic 
Knife Show. Contact Larry Gray, Dept. BL. 
POB 355B, Beatty, NV 891X13 (702) 553-2233 
or I.W. McFarlin (520) 855-8095.* 

Feb. 13-14 Little Rock AR Arkansas Custom 
Knife Show. Contact David Etchieson (501) 
224-7309.* 

Feb. 19-21 Lewisburg, PA llth Annual 
Keystone Blade Association Knife Show. Call 
Marlyn Kepncr (717) 584-4835 or Skip Fryling 
(717)275-1524.* 



Feb. 19-21 Pasadena, CA Knife Expo '99. 
Contact Lowell Shelhart (310) 530-8412.* 

Feb. 19-21 Lakeland, FL NKCA Lakeland 
Knife Show. Contact NKCA Business Office 
(800) 548-3907.* 



MARCH '99 



March 12-14 Manhattan, NY East Coast 
Custom Knife Show. Contact Steve D'Lack 
(417) 335-2170.* 

March 20-21 Godrey, IL St. Louis 
Area/Bunker Hill Knife Club Knife Show. 
Contact Cecil Turner (618) 278-4356 or Bill 
LeClaire (618) 278-4558.* 

March 26-28 Janesvillc, WI Badger Knife 
Show. Contact Boh Schrap (414) 479-9765.* 

March 26-28 Covington, KY NKCA Greater 
Cincinnati Knife Show. Contact NKCA Busi- 
ness Office (800) 548-3907.* 



APRIL '99 



April 9-11 Harrisonburg, VA Shenandoah 
Valley Knife Collectors Show. Contact 
Edmund Davidson (540) 997-5651.* 

April 10-11 Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 5th 

Annual Canadian Knifemakers Guild Show & 
Sale. Call (613) 824-9520 or (416) 256-1638.* 

April 10-11 Eugene, OR Oregon Knife Show. 
Contact OKCA. Dept. BL, POB 2091, 
Eugene. OR 97402 (541 ) 484-5564,* 

April 16-18 Louisville, KY NKCA Louisville 
Spring Knife Show. Contact NKCA Business 
Office (8(H)) 548-3907.* 

April 17-18 Vancouver, BC, Canada 4th 

Annual Vancouver Knife Show, Contact Boh 
Patrick (604) 538-6214 fax (604) 888-2683.* 

April 23-25 Solvang, CA 15th Annual Solvang 
Custom Knife Show. Special Preview Hour 1 1 
a.m. -noon Friday. Contact Dave Harvey (805) 
688-3612 fax (805) 688-1635.* 

April 30-May 2 Monkton, MD Appalachian 
Knifemakers Rendezvous. Contact Ted 
Merchant (410) 343-0380.* 



MAY '99 



May 1-2 Atlanta, GA Flint River Knife Club 
Show. Contact June Hawkins (770) 964-1 177.* 



JUNE '99 



June 11-13 Atlanta, GA 18lh Annual BLADE 
Show & International Cutlery Fair, Cohb 
Galleria Centre. 1-285 & US 41. one exit off I- 
75 across from the Cumberland Mall & adja- 



cent to the Renaissance Waverly Hotel, The 
world's largest combined show of handmade, 
antique & factory knives. Nearly 400 tables 
and 80 factory booths. Join Bill Moran. 
Spyderco. Gil Hibben. Buck Knives. Wayne 
Goddard. Benchmade USA and many other 
great national and international makers, 
collectors and knife lovers. Site of the annual 
ABS meeting & special Knifemakers' Guild 
section. Seminars include ABS forging and 
cutting demos, knife throwing and many 
others. Site of the Blade Magazine 1999 
Knifc-Of-The-Year Awards® for factory 
knives, points for the 1999 BLADEhand- 
made™ Awards, Blade Magazine Cutlery 
Hall-Of-Fame® inductions & much more. 
Contact BLADE Magazine®, c/o Krause 
Publications. 700 E. State, lola, Wl 54945 
(715) 445-2214.* 

June 19-20 Waterbury, CT Northeast Cutlery 
Collectors Association Show. Contact Russ & 
Meg Philippi (860) 621-7776* 



JULY '99 



July 9-11 Springfield, MO NKCA Springfield 
Knife Show. Contact NKCA Business Office 
(800) 548-3907.* 

July 23-25 New Orleans, LA 30th Knifemak- 
ers' Guild Show. Contact the Knifemakers' 
Guild (317) 529-1651.* 

July 3D- A n«. 1 Missoula, MT 4th Annual 
Montana Knifemakers Association Show. 
Contact Wayne Thorning, c/o Thornmnster 
Productions,' Dept. BL, POB 733, Corvallis, 
MT 59828(406)821-3042.* 



AUGUST '99 



Aug. 13-15 Lexington, KY Central Kentucky 
Knife Club Show. Contact G.T. William's 
(502)863-4919.* 



SEPTEMBER '99 



Sept. 11-12 Winston-Salem, NC Southeastern 
Custom Knife Show. Contact Tommy 

McNabh (336) 759-0640.* 



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BLADE® requests thai you send all 
pertinent information concerning your 
show in written form — dates, locu- 
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FEBRUARY 99 



BLADE/ 109 



' By Judge Lowell Bray 



Dull Definitions: Just Enough 
Rope To Hang Everyone 

Wouldn't it be nice if courts said what they meant 
and meant what they said? 



Several installments of "Your Knife 
Rights" have addressed Califor- 
nia's struggle in dealing with the 
definition of dirk and dagger. In fact, so 
much attention has been given to the 
various California court decisions and 
legislative pronouncements that there's a 
danger that this writer may be perceived 
as picking on the Golden State, In the 
spirit of fairness, I should admit that a 
number of other states have had diffi- 
culty in determining what is or isn't a 
dirk or dagger. It's just that other states 
don't appear to have the sheer number 
of cases concerning the matter as Cali- 
fornia. 

As part of BLADE'S® "new equal 
time policy" concerning oppressive knife 
laws, this installment of "Your Knife 
Rights" will examine cases involving 
dirks from Virginia and Florida. 

Eleccion vs, Virginia 

In 1996, the Virginia Court of Appeals 
heard the appeal of Rommel Castro 
Eleccion. Eleccion had been stopped 
while driving on school grounds and a 
butterfly knife had been found under the 
floor mat of his car. He was tried before 



a judge and found guilty of violating a 
statute that established it a misde- 
meanor, "If any person carries about his 
person, hidden from common observa- 
tion any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade 
knife, ballistic knife, razor for] any 
weapon of like kind." 

On appeal, Eleccion maintained that a 
butterfly knife wasn't covered under the 
statute. The prosecution argued that the 
knife was either a dirk or a switchblade 
and, therefore, was covered by the statute. 

The appellate court reviewed the 
record and declared: 

The trial judge, after examining the butterfly 
knife ana consulting a common dictionary, 
ruled that the knife, when in the open posi- 
tion, was about the same size as, and looks 
familiar to, a dirk or dagger. He held that the 
knife was a 'weapon orlike kind' to a dirk 
and therefore a weapon under Virginia's 
concealed weapon statute. The evidence in 
the records supports mis conclusion and we 
find no error on this issue. 

In a footnote, the court noted that 
other states were divided on whether a 
butterfly knife was a switchblade and said 
that since it had found that a butterfly 



knife was of like kind to a dirk, it would 
decline to decide whether the knife was a 
switchblade. In past installments of 
"Your Knife Rights," various courts have 
struggled with the same issue. 

Evans vs. Florida 

In 1997, the Florida District Court of 
Appeals considered what would appear 
to be one of the most unusual dirk 
convictions of all time. Jeffrey Adle 
Evans had been convicted of aggravated 
battery and carrying a concealed 
weapon. 

Under Florida law, a "concealed 
weapon" means "any dirk, metallic 
knuckles, slungshot, billie, tear gas gun, 
chemical weapon or device, or other 
deadly weapon carried on or about a 
person in such manner as to conceal the 
weapon from the ordinary sight of 
another person," 

The officer who testified against 
Evans said that when he searched the 
defendant, he found a "claw-type artificial 
hand" or hook in Evans' jacket pocket. 
At trial, the judge ruled that the metal 
hook was a dirk. Later, on the record, the 
judge said, "I don't know if it's a dirk. I 



In Virginia, it's a misdemeanor for one 

to carry "about his person, hidden from 

common observation any dirk, bowie 

knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, 

razor [or] any weapon of like kind. " 




T10/BLADE 



FEBRUARY 99 



ruled that it was a dirk, okay?" 

In reviewing the case, the appellate 
court reasoned as follows: 

The State did not allege or prove a 
concealed weapon other than the metal 
hook. Whether this metal hand or hook, 
State's Exhibit No, 1 , was a 'concealed 
weapon' was at best a question of Fact for 
the jury. A hook or artificial hand is not, as a 
matter of law, the same as a 'dirk.' The latter 
has been defined as a long, straight-b laded 
dagger formerly carried esp. by the Scottish 
Highlanders [or] a short sword formerly worn 
by British junior naval officers. 

Instructions premised on the erroneous 
view that a metal hook is in law the equiva- 
lent of a dirk allowed the jury to convict Mr. 
Evans of a crime that does not exist, [that is], 
'carrying a concealed metal hook,' 

When jurors are given an instruction that 
would permit them to find the defendant 
guilty or a crime that does not exist, the error 
is fundamental and is per se reversible, and 
the case must be remanded for retrial. 

This decision holds that a hook is not 
a dirk but leaves open the question of 
whether a hook is a deadly weapon. 
Certainly, there's a good argument that it 
isn't a weapon at all unless it's used as 
one. Unlike dirks, hooks don't seem to 
be an item that's been heavily legislated 
against. Given legislators' penchant for 
outlawing inanimate objects, perhaps 
there's a "hidden danger" here of which 
they're unaware. 



"It isn't a weapon at all 
unless it's used as 
one." — the author 



You'll no doubt see a continuing run 
of cases such as the aforementioned until 
legislatures either drop generic words 
like dirk, dagger, bowie knife, etc., and 
instead use precise words describing 
exactly what they want to outlaw — which 
probably won't happen anytime soon — ■ 
or give up attempts to outlaw the carry- 
ing of certain types of cutlery — which 
probably will never happen. 

Facts taken from Eleccion v. 
Commonwealth, 1996 WL 552681 (Va. 
App.), and Evans v. State of Florida, 703 
S.2d 1201 (Fla. IDist.l 997). 

The author has been a lawyer since 1973 
and a judge since 1982. He's also a member 
of The Knifemakers' Guild, an ABS jour- 
neyman smith and a charter member of the 
Florida Knifemakers Association. 

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BLADE/ 111 



By Wayne Goddard 



Sele€llve Heat-Treatmeni: 
The Whole Enchilada 

The author shows you how to do it safely, step-by-step, 
in Part XVII of The $50 Knife Shop 



After trying every method of which 
I know, I adopted the edge 
quench as the superior way to 
harden a forged or stock removal blade 
made of carbon or carbon alloy steel. I 
quenched the project knives for "The 
$50 Knife Shop" in my "special goop," a 
mixture of paraffin, cooking fat and 
hydraulic oil (for more on the author's 
goop quench, see the January '99 
BLADE®), I used the goop quench in 
keeping with the philosophy behind The 
$50 Knife Shop — to use recycled materi- 



als whenever possible. 

Most any oil will work as a quen- 
chant. Heat treat oils have an advantage 
because they don't flame up as much. On 
the other hand, the oils don't make 
blades any harder than most any oil or 
goop mixture. 

The type of oil and its temperature 
will affect the hardness of the blade. 
Keeping the temperature the same each 
time will make it easier to get consistent 
results with a given tempering tempera- 
ture. When oil is used it should be 



heated to between 90-140° F. Cold oil 
isn't "wet" enough to quench properly. If 
the oil gets too hot, it may not cool the 
steel fast enough to make it fully hard. 
There's also a danger of the oil catching 
fire when it gets overheated. Keep a 
thermometer in the oil and be sure the 
oil is within the same temperature range 
each time. I prefer a kitchen-type ther- 
mometer used for making candy. 

The most important factor in edge 
quenching is getting a proper depth of 
quench. A combat-quality, unbreakable 




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blade will have about one-third to one- 
half of its width hard. If the quench is too 
deep, it will cause too wide of a hard 
edge. When the quench is too shallow, 
there won't be enough hard part to give 
the blade adequate stiffness. 

One way to get repeatable results 
with a given width of blade is to place a 
regulator block at the correct depth 
under the surface of the oil. The proper 
depth for the regulator block will be 
different with each type of steel and will 
vary with the quench speed of the oil. 
It'll take some trial and error to work it 
out. 

Hold the blade with tongs to heat it 
for the edge-quench. When the tempera- 
ture is very close to the hardening 
temperature, switch to a cool pair of 
tongs or else cool off the hot pair. When 
the entire blade or just the edge half gets 
up to hardening temperature, quench it 
edge down against the regulator block in 
the quench tank. If all goes well, the 
edge will be hard and the back soft 
enough to give the blade great strength. 

The edge quench is easiest to get 
right on wide blades, but with practice it 
can be used on blades as narrow as 
three-fourths of an inch. A blade with a 
lot of curvature will have to be rocked on 
the regulator block in order to get the 
entire cutting edge hardened. After 
about 15 seconds, the blade can be 
totally submerged in the oil. The blade 
should be allowed to cool to the temper- 
ature of the bath before removal. Blades 
should be tempering immediately follow- 
ing the quench. A selectively hardened 
blade is tempered the same as for a blade 
that's fully hardened. 

Quench Baths: Safety First! 

Following are steps you should observe 
to ensure a safe quench: 

1) The quenchant should be in a spill- 
proof container; 

2) In case of a flame up, always wear 
leather gloves when quenching; 

3) If the oil flames up, keep an airtight 
cover available to smother the fire; 

4) The tongs can be dangerous to use if 
they're allowed to heat up along with the 
blade. Hot tongs can cause the oil to 
flame up. A good safety measure is to 
use one pair of tongs to hold the blade 
while heating and then grab the hot 
blade with a cold pair of tongs just prior 
to the quench. 

When doing a full hardening quench, 
always hang the blade on a wire so that it 
can be lowered straight and point first 
into the oil. Use the tongs to manipulate 
it in the furnace or forge fire, but use the 
wire when quenching it; 

5) With an oil quench, always have a 
deep enough bath to completely 
submerge the heated part of the blade. 
Leaving any of the heated part above the 
surface of the oil will cause the oil to 
flame up. The exception to this is the 



edge quench; 

6) Keep a thermometer in the oil to 
monitor the temperature. Stop quench- 
ing if the temperature gets over 180°F; 

7) Use a large enough container to do 
the desired number of blades without the 
bath overheating. Two gallons will do 
six-to-eight average-size knives with no 
trouble; 

8) Don't quench a blade in water unless 
the steel didn't respond to an oil quench. 
If you do decide to water quench, heat 
the water to between 90-140° F. If the 
steel still doesn't harden, try cold water 
and then brine. If that doesn't work, find 
some other type of steel. When used for 
knives, the water-hardening steels (W-l 
and W-2) are quenched in oil. Water 
quenching of any thin object like the 
edge of a knife may cause cracking or 
excess warping. 

Importance Of Practice 

The cutting, chopping and flex tests for 
ABS journeyman smith have to be 
accomplished by the applicant with 
his/her own hand. One day, a journey- 
man applicant was in my shop bright and 
early, the 1-inch rope for the rope- 
cutting test hung with care. The applicant 
easily passed the first test when he 
stepped up and neatly cut a piece from 
the free-hanging end. 



"Knowledge without 
practice and 

experience is often of 
little value." 

-Wayne Goddard 



Chopping a wood 2-by-4 in half three 
times is the second test. This test of edge- 
holding ability requires the blade to 
shave hair after making the three cuts. 
As the applicant started chopping, his 
test knife broke at the junction of tang 
and blade. A visual inspection of the 
break showed a very coarse grain, and a 
cut with a file indicated the steel was 
harder than it should've been. My expe- 
rience led me to believe that something 
had gone wrong in the heat treatment. 

I relate this story to make the point 
that knowledge without practice and 
experience is often of little value. The 
applicant knew the fundamentals of 
selective hardening and yet the knife 
unexpectedly broke. There are numerous 
small details to be worked out with one's 
own equipment and methods. The 
broken blade showed the applicant's lack 
of experience with his equipment and 
methods. It'll usually take quite a bit of 
practice to gain the skill required to get 
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The Mirage X EOD from Mad Dog Knives features an ample 
ceramic blade—yes. that's a ceramic blade and it's 1 4-inch 
thick—that can be used for light chopping, among other 
cutting tasks. 



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Whether in the 

kitchen or for 

sporting or tactical 

use, ceramics may 

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The thickness of 
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other ceramic blades/" 

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Gimmick? 



By David E, Steele 



Are knives wilh ceramic blades 
cuilery curiosities or edged 
tools to be taken seriously'.' If 
today's offerings are any indication, the 
latter would seem to be the case. 

Ceramic, from the Greek keramikos 



and keramos, referring to potter's clay, 
relates to any product, such as earthen- 
ware, made from a nonmetallic mineral 
by firing at high temperatures. Pottery 
is ancient as civilization itself. In fact, in 
many archaeological digs, pottery 
shards serve as the major artifact for 
measuring population, artistic style and 
cultural progression. 



From Greek amphora (a large, two- 
handle storage jar) to Japanese tea 
bowls, pottery has served as an artistic 
landmark. In the iy60s, ceramic found 
a new use as the outer shell for police 
and helicopter body armor. Ceramic 
plates could stop hits from .30 caliber 
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These ceramic kitchen knives by Kyocera are available from A,G. Russell. From top: models KC130, KC200, KC80 and KC50, 



a not her. 

Ceramic materials can be subdivided 
into traditional and advanced. Tradi- 
tional ceramics include clay-based mate- 
rials such as pottery, brick, tile and 
porcelain. The classes of materials 
considered to be ceramics range from 
oxides, nitrides, borides and carbides to 
silicides, sulfides, phosphides and inter- 
metallic compounds such as aluminides 
and beryllides. 

Advanced ceramics, useful for build- 
ing systems in aerospace, automobiles 
and electronics, are tailored by composi- 
tion and internal structure. Among 
others, examples are silicon nitride, sili- 
con carbide, zircon ia-toughened alumina, 
aluminum nitride and silicon-carbidc- 
whisker-reinforced alumina, the latter 
used in cutting tools. 

Recently, a select group of custom 
and factory knife makers has constructed 
blades of ceramic, mostly because of its 
rustproof, edge-holding and nonmag- 
netic properties. It also provides a 
nonmetallic taste to food, important to 
Japanese palates. This is why the Japa- 
nese still prefer wood chopsticks to 
silverware. Lest this sound too strange, 
just think of the difference in taste when 



eating from wood, plastic or glazeware 
spoons. 

Wife- Proof Kitch en Knives? 

for ceramic kitchen knives, there are 
those from Wusthof Trident, Boker and 
Kyocera, the latter two available from 
A.G. Russell Co. For test purposes. 
Russell sent me two kitchen knives, one 
a 6-inch chef's knife marked Boker 
Ceramic, the other a 5-inch utility knife 
marked Kyocera KC50, both with two- 
rivet, black Delrin handles. 



"The KC50 holds its 

extremely sharp edge 

longer than steel." 

— the author 

I let my wife use the Kyocera utility, 
the same wife who destroyed my 1W2 
Henckel's chef's knife by leaving it 
outdoors overnight and who somehow 
induced rust spots on a Victorinox stain- 
less utility knife. For several days she 
employed the Kyocera, as did I. on 
everything from meat to cardboard 



wrappers. It exhibited no rust and no 
chipping, with an extraordinary edge 
from beginning to end. The blade was as 
while and clean as when it arrived. At 
last, a wife-proof kitchen knife! 

The guarantees on the two knives 
give an idea of how they work. The 6- 
inch knife distributed under the Boker 
name says, "Why ceramic, when it's so 
expensive ($165 for the KC130 model)? 
How does it differ from steel? (In) hard- 
ness, only diamonds are harder. It will 
never rust. Completely dishwasher safe. 
No metallic taste in food. Lightweight. 
Can withstand high temperatures. 
Nonmagnetic. A guaranteed smooth and 
clean cut." 

The KC50 (retail $65), manufactured 
in Kyoto, iapan, has a useful set of dos 
and don'ls. The zirconium oxide blade 
works best for slicing. Avoid chopping or 
prying. Use a wood or plastic culling 
board; avoid cutting on marble or stone. 
Use care when inserting (he blade tip in 
a knife block. Avoid cutting frozen 
foods, bones or hard bread crusts. Don't 
drop it on a hard surface, pry with the 
lip. wash in the dishwasher, use as a 
scraper, hit il against china or Hat ware, 
put the blade in an open flame nor 



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sharpen it with a conventional sharp- 
ener. Obviously, the list was drawn from 
customer experience. Chipped blades 
should be returned to the factory for 
repair. 

However, the warning list gives an 
impression of fragility. On the contrary, 
the KC50 holds its extremely sharp edge 
longer than steel. It won't rust or stain. 
It's lightweight and easy to clean. It's a 
superb utility knife for the experienced 
cook. It's a specialty piece that can save 
time in the most common kitchen tasks. 
Further, if you want to try out the 
advantages of ceramic, the KC50 is a 
comparatively inexpensive "starter 
knife." 

Sport Ceramics 

Both Boker USA and Puma offer 
ceramic blades in their extensive lines of 
folders. First, from Boker comes the S.S 
Gamma lightweight, which weighs only 
1 1/2 ounces, with ribbed Zytel handles, 
a lanyard hole, a 2 1 /8-inch drop-point 
blade, and a stainless steel locking liner. 



"The MIRAGE X 

reportedly can cut 
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— the author 



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The Model 2040 has a 3 1/8-inch 
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Puma has five ceramic loekbacks. 
The Sergeant Keramik is the heavy-duty 
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The Light Keramik is the same size as 
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The Sportec Keramik has a composite 
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1/2 inches closed and weighs less lhan 3 
ounces. 

Care for Boker and Puma folders is 
similar to the kitchen knives sold by 
Boker and Kyocera. Obviously, most 
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not prying or chopping. Overall, 
however, maintenance should he less 
lhan for the average folder, since there's 
no rust or staining. 

Puma's blade material is a zirconia 
ceramic. Boker's is zircon oxide pressed 
into metal molds by high pressure, then 
sintered afterward. Hardness is beyond 
the Rockwell scale, about 8.3 Vickers. 
The blade can be sharpened only with 
diamond hones, It's wear and corrosion 
resistant, anlimagnelic. won't discolor, 
and is slightly more flexible lhan some 
other advanced ceramics. 

Tactical Ceramics 

With its edge-holding and stainproof 
properties, ceramics would seem to be a 
natural for tactical and diving uses. Into 
this void stepped Kevin McClung of 
Mad Dog Knives, whose company made 
the ATAK (Advanced Tactical Assault 
Knife) for SEAL learns in 1995. The 
result is the MIRAGE X. 

-MIRAGE" stands for Magnetically 
Inert Radically Advanced Galvanically 
Exempt. This suggests that, among other 
properties. MIRAGE knives have zero 
magnetic permeability and are safer to 
use around magnetically triggered 
ordnance than titanium. The knife is also 
invisible to metal detectors. A metal 
strip is inserted in the handle for consu- 
mers, making the knife (the MIRAGE 



Xc) metal deiectahle. Further. McClung 
said the MIRAGE X is safe to use 
around electric power and generates no 
electric field in saltwater, reportedly not 
even one sharks can detect. 

As with all ceramic knives, the 
customer is advised to avoid prying with 
the MIRAGE X and to not drop it on 
concrete. Still, the thickness and proprie- 
tary composition of MIRAGE blades 
make them more durable than other 
ceramic blades. While McClung said the 
prying ability of the MIRAGE X is 38 
percent of his steel knives, edge holding 
is 60 times greater. 

The basic MIRAGE, called EOD 



"There is no rust 
or staining with 



M 



ceramics. 7 

— the author 



with tanto-point and Hunter with clip- 
point, has a 1/4-by-l l/4-by-5 5/8- inch, 
flat-ground blade. The blade edge is 
natural white but the blade itself may be 
while, black. "OD green" or camouflage. 
The handle is a black, glass-epoxy 
composite. The sheath is an ATAK 
Kydex® and ballistic nylon model with 




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Four versions of the ceramic-blade MIRAGE X include, from lop: the EOD, Hunter, Opera- 
tor and Micro, Look closely and you may be able to discern the special blade surface 
treatment on the Hunter. (Lew photo) 



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The Boker 88 Gamma lightweight weighs only 7 1/2 ounces, with a ribbed Zytel handle. 
a 2 1 8-inch ceramic blade and a stainless steel locking liner. 




, 



nonmagnetic rivets. 

McCIung said I he EOD model is used 
by Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) 
teams, as well as DEA/CLET (Drug 
Enforcement Administration and Clan- 
destine Lab Enforcement Team) person- 
nel to avoid magnetic effect and 
electrical conduction. EOD needs to be 
concerned about magnetically triggered 
bombs, while CLET has to enter volatile, 
chemical-filled, sometimes booby- 
trapped illicit drug labs. Sparking against 
metal is possible but unlikely with the 
MIRAGE. Kevin noted. 

The MIRAGE reportedly can cut 
glass and shave steel. It's possible to use 



it for light chopping of wood and similar 
materials. McCIung said it's impervious 
to saltwater, hydrochloric acid, sulphuric 
acid, chlorine, ozone and any solvent. It's 
heavier than titanium but impervious to 
chemicals that would destroy titanium, 
Kevin noted. It's lighter than steel but 
will cut and do light chopping longer 
without dulling. 

Due to its hardness, the MIRAGE 
can only be sharpened by a diamond 
hone. McCIung recommends the EZE- 
LAP diamond sharpener. Serious chip- 
ping can be resurfaced by the 
manufacturers. 

Two small knives in the MIRAGE 



series are the Operator, with a 4 I /2-inch 
blade, and the Micro, with a 3 I /4-inch 
blade, both of which are drop points. 
They have nonslip rubber grips and 
Kydex neck sheaths. All the knives are 
available from the manufacturer and 
California dealers like Martin Reltinii in 
Culver City and Shannon Lew in Holly- 
wood. The latter two dealers report brisk 
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(Right) A traditional 
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layer damascus blade with a blood 
wood handle and damascus 
fittings. His address: 1024 Queen 
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(Right) This bowie by 
**frQdf*r Robert Parker has a 12 
=-<>■ t /4-inch, ATS-34 blade 

and a buffalo-horn handlt 
with a brass-wrapped 
guard engraved by Chris- 
tian Decamillis. Parker's 
address: 5223 Wllhelm Rd. 
NW, Dept. BUI, Rapid City, 
Ml 49676 (6161331-6173. 




(Left) Don Broughton's 
coffin-handle bowie meas- 
ures 16 inches with a 1084 
blade, a bone handle and 
nickel silver fittings. His 
address: 4690 Edwards- 
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Floyd Knobs, IN 47119 
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(Above) The Mediterranean Bowie by Roger Green 
features a 10-lnch, 44Q-C blade, an Ivory handle and 416 
stainless steel fittings. His address: 4640 Co. Rd. 1022, 
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Loveless A Parke 

Feast your eyes on some 

never-before-published 

knives of "Bad Bob" 



This was before I got into 
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—Boh Loveless 




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Only about 36 of the Loveless & Parke knives were made, making them some oi the rarest of Loveless pieces. This semi-skinner 
features a stag handle with spacers. (Weyer photo} 



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Featuring Williams* Loveless knife 
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' By Steve Shackleford 



I ook closely because the knives on 
I these pages never before have been 
■published. They're several of what are 
only about three-dozen Loveless & Parke 
knives — pieces Bob Loveless made in the 
early-to-late 1960s — that represent a first- 
lime glimpse al the work of probably the 
leading stock removal maker and knife 
designer of the 20th century. 

Though perhaps not among the best 
knives Loveless made, at around 36 total 
they're definitely among the rarest. Mean- 
while, if you're a Loveless collector, having 
a Loveless & Parke blade makes your 
collection more complete than most. 

Al Williams, who has the largest and 
most extensive collection of Loveless 
knives anywhere, has six of the Loveless & 
Parke knives, each of which is pictured in 
Living on the Edge: Logos of die Loveless 
Legend by Jim Weyer and Al Williams. 
(Loveless calls the heavily illustrated publi- 
cation simply "the Green Book" because 
of its color.) 

"They are indeed rare as hell," Al said 
of the Loveless & Parke knives. "They 
weren't as good as he turned out later at 



Lawndale and Riverside, but some I have 
are in mint condition and are beautiful 
knives. 1 can't complain about the work- 
manship al all." 

"As far as the quality of knife, the 
Loveless & Parke knives represent one of 
Bob's dark periods," noted J.W. Denton, a 
purveyor of Loveless knives. Added Love- 
less. "I was wandering around all over the 
place trying to gel my feet on the ground 
as a knifemaker. It could be said I didn't 
know what I was doing {as a knifemaker) 
at that lime. 1 knew u> put good steel in ihe 
knives but I wasn't a mature designer." 
(The steel was cither L6 or another mate- 
rial Loveless no longer uses for blades that 
he said was a good steel but of which the 
less said, the better.) Neither was Bob a 
full-lime maker then. He was still working 
as a machinist and made knives only on 
weekends. 

"They don't have the class, finish or 
appeal (of the top) Loveless knives," 
Denton continued. "They're not bad 
knives, they just don't have that crisp, 
clean Loveless look, not even as clean and 
crisp as the early Delaware Maid knives. 
But they're unusual, distinctive and nice, 
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Loveless grip. (Weyer photo) 



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Loveless & Parke 



"Some I have 

are in mint 
condition and 
are beautiful 

knives." 
— A I Williams 



were made in Bob's Lawndale shop and 
not in Sierra Madre. "'Sierra Madre was 
where Parke lived," Loveless explained. 
Purveyor Rhett Stidham — owner of the 
knives pictured herein — has a big bear 
model with both Loveless' earlier stylus 
mark of "RWL 1-13-67 no. 28" and the 
Loveless & Parke etch. 

Another difference is the handles. "A 
lot of them have a square butt, just cut off. 
not the classic Loveless butt." Denton 
noted. "They don't have the taper 
that Bob puts on many of his 
handles. They all have a certain 
shape that's unlike most Love- 
less knives." 
Williams said one of his 
Loveless & Parke knives 
from the Green Book 
(p. 24-25) is "a defi- 
nite rendition" of 
Bob's Delaware 
Maid style, with 
the leather- 
washer 
handle, 
alumi- 
num 
butt 



The Man Who Named 
The Big Bear 

The story of how the Loveless big bear sub-hilt fighter 
got its name goes like this: After Bob had made a large 
sub-hilt fighter, several of his friends were sitting around 
the Loveless shop. Bob handed the knife to one of them, 
who gushed, "You sure could cut up a big bear with this 
one!" From that point forward, "big bear" was the knife's 
name. Loveless's friend who uttered the big-bear quote 
was Jack Morck. 



and brass guard. 

According to Loveless, the Loveless & 
Parke pieces are most if not all narrow- 
tang knives. "Others call them hidden 
tang. This was before 1 got into the full- 
tapered tang," he noted. The finger- 
grooved handle — though not all of the 
Loveless & Parke knife grips were so 
grooved — is another Loveless feature of 
the time, a feature on which the maker has 
mixed feelings today. "Finger grooves can 
get in the way," he opined. 

"Wandering" seems to be the opera- 
tive word when Bob talks about the Love- 
less & Parke period, "1 was very much 
wandering in my mind about the subject 
of hunting knife design." he recalled. "I 
wouldn't call it a transitional period. Why, 
right now I've got 11 or 12 knives ready 
for mounting in the shop, all with narrow 
tangs and leather-washer handles, the 
same thing I was doing 40 years ago. 

"It was a time when I knew how to 
make a good knife but I didn't know how 
to design a knife as an intimate tool for 
the user. Most of them were very present- 
able and very good-feeling knives. I was 
very proud of them then but, thinking 
back now, they were nowhere near the 
kind of shapes we use on handles today." 

Bill Parke 
W.E. "Bill" Parke was a 
businessman who, basically, 
entered into an agreement 
with Loveless to offer the Love- 
less & Parke knives for sale. 
Today, Parke, 66, owns a 
computer company. He lives 
near Los Angeles. 
Loveless and Parke met 
through a mutual 
friend. Neale A. 
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This unusual model includes what seems to have been a staple in Loveless & Parke single-guard designs — what "the Green Book' 
a Scaget-type brass guard. The business card is an original Loveless & Parke. (Weyer photo) 



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Safariland of Ontario. California, makers 
of duty, nylon sporting and competition 
shooting gear, including holsters, belts, 
accessories and gear hags.) The knives 
were sold through Safariland. which also 
made the sheaths. According to Williams, 
at least one of the Loveless & Parke knives 
had a Safariland logo on it (Green Book, 
top of p. 28). 

More rare even than the Loveless & 
Parke knives are the Loveless & Parke 
pieces sold through Abererombie & Fitch. 
Williams has one. "I made a lot of knives 
for Abererombie & Fitch when I was in 
Delaware," Loveless remembered. "When 
1 came out to California, 1 think I made 
three (Loveless & Parke) knives for Aber- 
erombie & Fitch. They were all narrow 
tang," One had a block ivory handle and 
the Abererombie & Fitch store in Califor- 
nia that was going to sell the knife made 
the mistake of healing and then freezing it. 
The resuiting "longitudinal split," as Love- 
less put it, in the ivory of course ruined the 
handle. 

Out Of The Wilderness 

Every artist has a time somewhere in his 
career where he hits a lull. Maybe that was 
the case with Bob Loveless in the Loveless 
& Parke era. However, often out of such 
wilderness periods comes an artist who's 
revitalized. 

"I've learned a good deal more about 
hunting knife design and how knives are 
used since then," Loveless explained. "I've 
learned how to integrate the blade shape 
and handle as a very cohesive entirety. The 
modern Loveless full-tapered knife was 
defined by 1968 or '69 and hasn't changed 
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It wasn't long after that A.G. Russell 
got some knifemakers together for what 
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with Loveless at the head of the pack. 
When all's said and done, maybe it was the 
lime that Loveless grew up as a knife- 
maker and as a man. 



"When you're young, you do things 
just to be sensational to gather attention. 
You can be more definitive when you're 
young and dumb," Loveless mused. 
"When you're older and smarter you still 
don't have all the answers, and that 
makes you more tentative. You do learn 
some rules, though, and they're what 
keep you sane." blade 



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The blade is what Russell Klingbeli 
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a period look. The "fanned" handle is 
cocobolo. "I'm always trying to come 
up with something unusual, " he notes- 
He's been making knives part time for 6 
1/2 years. (PointSeven photo) 



A Bit Of 



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, ussell Klinghetl wasn't exactly sure 

'what he was designing when he 

Lstarted his improvised period piece 

hut the result is an unusual knife with a 

strange appeal. 

"I just followed my whims on it. I had 
no particular design or style in mind 
when I slarlcd," he observed. "Some- 
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come up with something a little hit 
different. Sometimes it works and some- 
limes it doesn't. This time it did,'" 

The blade is what Russell calls an 
Oriental spear point forged from 5160 
steel, flat ground and etched for a period 
look, with an integral holster. He fluted 
the pommel of the cocobolo handle with 
pins in-between. "I just wenl crazy on the 
handle," Klingbeil explained. "I had 
nothing in particular in mind. When 1 cut 
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cylindrical flair at the pommel, and then 
I got the idea for the fan shape and went 
with that." 

The pouch sheath is 8-to-l()-ounce 
cowhide, all hand sliiched. He double 
layered ihe sheath's back side and 
stitched a boot clip (not shown) into it. 
His list price: $150. "I'm at the dues- 
paying stage right now," he said. "Every- 
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up. 

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